The Bibliotheca Hagiographica Graeca is a catalogue of Greek hagiographic materials, including ancient literary works on the saints' lives, the translations of their relics , and their miracles , arranged alphabetically by saint. It is usually abbreviated as BHG in scholarly literature. The first two editions , were edited by the Bollandists , which included the Jesuit scholar Hippolyte Delehaye. The BHG along with the Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina and Bibliotheca Hagiographica Orientalis are the most useful tools in the research of literary documents concerning the saints. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mulder-Bakker, ed.
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It also includes authors' or hagiographers' names, the first and last lines of the texts, bibliographic information, and the names of the manuscripts containing these hagiographic works.
We have also listed modern and ancient translations of these works. This database is a project inherited from Fr. Ugo Zanetti and his student Dr. Claude Detienne, the Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca. In the s, they collated data pertaining to over texts on saints from the Syriac tradition along with the incipit, desinit, and other parts of these texts Zanetti, They also gathered information on the manuscripts that contain these hagiographic works as well as secondary literature on them.
Zanetti and Dr. Detienne generously passed on their work to Syriaca. We have encoded their data in TEI, so that titles, manuscript references, and bibliography primary and secondary can be searchable and linkable with any other databases and library catalogues. This will allow scholars to find new hagiographies to be edited and translated, as well as give scholars insights into the popularity and circulation of these stories in antiquity.
It also helps scholars to study the cult of an individual saint. In some cases, for instance, several Lives or memre may exist on a single saint who enjoyed particular popularity. Our database enables scholars to see the relationships between these texts and see how the portraits of a single saint can vary greatly from text to text. Because the data will be linked to other modules in Syriaca.
The BHSE includes texts written on both saints and biblical characters that were memorialized in hagiographies, homilies, or hymns. A scholar may be interested, for example, in the homilies and hagiographic poems on Mary, Mother of God. Through our searchable database, the scholar would quickly find four major Syriac authors, Ephrem, Severus, Narsai, and Jacob of Serug, who produced one or more hymns or homilies on Mary.
The scholar could then see which have been edited, translated or published. Depending on the interests of the scholar, such searching could lead to the production of a new edition or a comparative study of Mariology in the Syriac tradition. With increased digitizing of manuscripts from major library collections throughout the world, together with open access to our data and the free sharing of our code, our project can benefit scholars worldwide, even those who are far from a major library or research center.
Hippolyte Delehaye, Bollandiste 1. Hippolyte Delehaye 1. It enumerated the Lives of the saints in alphabetical order, distinguishing different recensions according to their incipit beginning of the text and their desinit end of the text. This excellent idea has profoundly changed how scholars have worked in the field of hagiography: initially conceived as a repertoire of published texts, it became more extensive, mostly because it came to include unedited texts: those identified either through manuscript catalogues or sometimes by direct study of the manuscripts.
As it was set up in this way, a bibliotheca hagiographica allows the user to realize at a glance the extent of the record of a given saint. If the Bibliotheca hagiographica latina and the Bibliotheca hagiographica graeca have been able to be kept up- to-date, and are at the moment are being put into electronic form 2 , the Bibliotheca hagiographica orientalis of P.
Paul Peeters published in is largely out of date. It is important to continue the method [of the Bollandists], but to adapt to the conditions of today. It is equally important to take account of manuscript catalogues -- to the extent that they are sufficiently precise -- in order to signal the ones that are unedited, and to identify which manuscripts that contain them.
Finally, given that the texts circulated largely from one language to another, it is useful to draw attention when possible to the existence of parallel versions attested in other languages. These are often more ancient than the original Greek and show a unique witness of an original Greek text that disappeared. Finally, we should also include publications treating the text. A project of creating a Bibliotheca hagiographica syriaca was taken up to meet this need.
Circumstances did not allow us to achieve this in the form that had been planned, although a considerable amount of material was listed and digitalized by Dr. Claude Detienne from to 3 , while trying diligently to respect the criteria mentioned above. Although we cannot of course guarantee completeness, a real effort was accomplished in order to cast a wide net.
It is therefore particularly beneficial that Dr. It will be necessary that the records presented here ultimately be gathered and improved with the help of all the syriacists who are invited to be users and collaborators of this basis that this database provides, for the sake of the great profit of all, in the hope that it will contribute to a better knowledge not just of Syriac literature, but above all of the Syriac and Arabic speaking churches of the Orient of today.
Browse all texts. Toggle navigation Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca Electronica. Browse Gateway to the Saints Syriaca. Advanced Search. Photo Credit: DFM 13, f. Search Tools. Michelson Ugo Zanetti Claude Detienne. Editorial Committee Chair: Dr. David Michelson, Vanderbilt University Dr. Aho Shemunkasho, Salzburg University Dr. Jack Tannous, Princeton University Fr.
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