Jacques Paul Mignes Patrologia Graeca is a massive series of 166 print volumes of Greek writings from the 1st century through the 15th century. Weve been asked many times if wed consider making this indispensable set available, and were finally ready to give it a shot.
As you can imagine, digitizing 166 volumes of small Greek and Latin texteach volume ranging anywhere from 500 to 1,500 pagesis no small undertaking. Print sets are next to impossible to obtain. When we last looked into getting one, the price tag was in the $40,000 range!
Instead of trying to Pre-Pub the whole thing at once and putting it out of the range of just about everyone of our users, were going to release it in chunks. This will make it more affordable for you, allow you to pick and choose the sections you want, and make it so you dont have to wait a decade for the completed project!
The first chunk, volumes 1-18 (20 print volumes), covers the pre-Nicaean period and features the writings of Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp, Melito of Sardis, Papias, Justin Martyr, Tatian, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and dozens of others.
Why Would You Want It?
Thats the million dollar questionactually, the $400 question. Allow me to take a stab at some reasons that you should consider placing your pre-order.
The Greek New Testament is a fairly small corpus of literature. There are hundreds of words, forms, and grammatical structures that occur only once in the whole GNT making it difficult to adequately evaluate them. Being able to compare NT usagevocabulary, morphology, and syntaxto other Greek writings like the LXX, OT Pseudepigrapha, Josephus, Philo, the Apostolic Fathers, etc. is incredibly valuable. But even these bodies of literature dont address all of the questions grammarians and exegetes have. Significantly broadening the corpus of Greek texts that can be compared to the Greek NT is a major boon to biblical Greek studies.
In many cases the writings of the church fathers shed light on which readings of the biblical texts are earlier and more likely to be original. If youve looked at a Greek New Testament apparatus, youll see references to the fathers on nearly every page. Being able to look up these references will allow textual critics to get one step closer to the sourcesand even make advancements in the field of textual criticism.
Reading the Original
Have you ever been reading somewhere in Schaffs ECF and wanted to see the underlying Greek behind the English? I know I have. Have you ever wished you could follow references to the Fathers in footnotes in commentaries and other academic literature? With our digital edition of Patrologia Graeca, this kind of study will finally be easily accessible.
Many people dont realize that Philip Schaffs 38-volume Early Church Fathers represents only a fraction of the writings of the church fathers. If you want to read some of the church fathers, reading them in Greek or Latin is the only option. Serious students of the history of the formative years of the church cannot afford to ignore this massive collection of writings.
History of Interpretation
Since Scripture references will be tagged, youll be able to evaluate all of the places where a certain passage of Scripture is discusseda crucial part of in-depth study on difficult passages. Want to find out how the fathers handled baptism for the dead in 1 Cor 15:29? No problem. Add your Patrologia Graeca collection to your Passage Guide, use the Reference Browser, or run a search like bible = "1 Cor 15:29".
Convinced yet? Read more or place your order at the Pre-Pub page.