It has often been noted that special attention should be paid to the way in which biblical texts have been "received" along the centuries, and to the inter-relation, during the formative centuries of the Christian religion, between biblical interpretation, articulation of doctrine and worship, and various forms of artistic expression.

Wirkungsgeschichte (usually rendered "history of effects" or "reception history" or "history of interpretation") has established itself as a legitimate part of biblical scholarship. In many ways, however, this method is still in its infancy. It is the aim of the Colloquium on the Reception History of the Bible at Duquesne University to bring about greater methodological clarity and refinement to this approach, and to fill the need for concrete exegetical work illustrating the contribution of the reception-historical method in biblical studies.

In due time, we hope to assemble a data-base of resources (bibliographies, conferences, editorial events) for students and scholars of biblical reception history.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Bogdan G. Bucur or Dr. William Wright.



Duquesne University Colloquium on Biblical Reception History


Two colloquia were organized by our Department of Theology, in 2009 and 2010. 

You can view the topics and speakers here. 



Resources for the study of Biblical Reception History


  • Centre for Reception History of the Bible, Oxford University (here)
  • The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible. Edited by Michael Lieb, Emma Mason, Jonathan Roberts, and Christopher Rowland. Oxford, 2011. (here
  • The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, de Gruyter (here
  • Novum Testamentum Patristicum, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (here)
  • Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, IV Press (here)
  • The Church's Bible, Eerdmans (here)
  • The Bible in Ancient Christianity, Brill (here)
  • The Bible in Medieval Tradition, Eerdmans (here)
  • Biblia Pauperum on the Internet (here)
  • BIBLINDEX:citations et allusions scripturaires dans la littérature d'époque patristique (here)
  • La Bible et les Bibles: histoire du texte des origines à l'époque patristique (here
  • Biblia Patristica, Index des citations et allusions bibliques dans la littérature patristique. Editions du CNRS : 1. Des origines à Clément d'Alexandrie et à Tertullien, 1975 - 2. Le troisième siècle (Origène excepté), 1977- 3. Origène, 1980 - 4. Eusèbe de Césarée, Cyrille de Jérusalem, Épiphane de Salamine, 1987 - 5. Basile de Césarée, Grégoire de Nazianze, Grégoire de Nysse, Amphiloque d'Iconium, 1991 - 6. Hilaire de Poitiers, Ambroise de Milan, Ambrosiaster, 1995 - 7. Didyme d'Alexandrie, 2000. Un supplément, consacré à Philon d'Alexandrie, a été publié en 1982.
  • Vetus Latina: Die Reste der Altlateinischen Bibel. Erzabtei Beuron, Freiburg in Bresigau,, 1949-
  • Handbook of Patristic Exegesis. The Bible in Ancient Christianity. Edited by Charles Kannengiesser. 2 vols,, Brill, 2004.

Journals of Interest

  • Studia Patristica Historica, theologica, gnostica, biblica et apocrypha 
  • Pro Ecclesia
  • Journal of Early Christian Studies
  • Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum / Journal of Ancient Christianity
  • Journal of Theological Interpretation 
  • Nova et Vetera
  • Novum Testamentum 
  • Vigiliae christianae 
  • Biblical Reception
  • Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception