C. (Catalin) Necsa, MA

  • PhD student
  • Early Christianity (History & Literature), Patristic Studies, Late Antiquity, Heresiology


Biblical Exegesis in Epiphanius of Salamis

The research project  will answer a few crucial question:
1. How did Epiphanius uses the biblical text in his anti-Gnostic / anti-heretical polemic?
2. What type of hermeneutics and discourse he assumes in order to refute the centrifugal movement within Christianity, given the fact that in the 4th c., especially after Constantine, the Christianity was already (largely) institutionalized, and how he uses biblical text in his discourse? Where do we place Epiphanius among 4th c. theologians?
3. How is Epiphanius’ hermeneutics different from other 4th c. theologians? And which are his sources in matter of biblical exegesis and theology?
4. What kind of exegesis he adopts, since he was not a biblical scholar but a heresiologist? In what extent affects his method of interpreting Scripture?
5. What rhetorical techniques did he uses in addressing heresies and which is the place of the Scripture (the canonical Scriptures) in his rhetoric?
6. What is the meaning of paradosis (apostolic tradition) in Epiphanius? How he uses the mainstream tradition, deeply rooted in (the canonical) Scriptures, regarding the traditions outside of the mainstream?
7. What role plays Scripture in Epiphanius’ thought? How Scripture is used and interpreted, keeping in mind the above question?
8. Can we speak of a language of exclusion in The Panarion, in which the Scripture plays a key role?

Curriculum vitae

Born - October 24, 1985, Sinaia, Romania
January 2013 - present - PhD Researcher at Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities/Institute for Religious Studies, Leiden (Netherlands)
PhD Project: Biblical Exegesis in Epiphanius of Salamis
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Jürgen K. Zangenberg & Prof. Dr. Bas Ter Haar Romeny
2010 - 2012 - MA in Religious Studies at University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures/Departament of Cultural Studies, Bucharest (Romania)
MA Thesis: The Jewish Roots of the Christian Cult. The Eucharistic Prayers
2010-2102 - Master Program in Eastern Theology at Valahia State University, Faculty of Theology, Târgoviște (Romania)
MA Thesis: Pantheism and Panentheism in St. Gregory Palamas' Theology (dissertation not
submitted; expected in 2014)
2006-2010 - BA of Theology at Valahia State University, Faculty of Theology, Târgoviște (Romania)
BA Thesis: The Eucharistic Ecclesiology of John D. Zizioulas

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