New book announced in honour of Joseph Munitiz SJ

Nineteen scholars join forces to pay tribute to one of the leading scholars in Byzantine studies, Father Joseph A. Munitiz SJ. As one of the founders of the Series Graeca of the Corpus Christianorum and because of his own exemplary work, Joe Munitiz had and has a lasting impact on the development of Byzantine studies. There is no better way to honour him and his work than to offer him a Festschrift with contributions that mimic his quality, passion, and curiosity.

The Festschrift contains several “firsts”: the first English translation of Eustathius’ Letter concerning the Two Natures against Severus, and the first critical editions (and studies) of an anonymous iambic canon on St John Chrysostom, of letter Z of the Etymologicum Symeonis, of some additions to letter A in the Florilegium Coislinianum, of a possible credo of Metrophanes of Smyrna, of a letter by Nicolas Pepagomenos to Gregory Palamas, and of Maximus Confessor’s Tomos to Stephen of Dor against the Ekthesis.

The innovative studies in this volume deal with the Slavonic and Greek catenae on the Song of Songs, with Athanasius’ Letter to Marcellinus, with an ascetic miscellany in a thirteenth-century Atheniensis, with the so-called ‘First Chapter Titles’ in the second recension of the Florilegium Coislinianum, with the date of composition of the Maximian Corpus, with Raimundus Lullus’ knowledge of Byzantium, with the reception of the Catalogue of Inventors in Gregory of Nazianzus’ fourth oratio, and with Titus of Bostra’s polemic against the Manicheans.

It comprises contributions by Pauline Allen, Theodora Antonopoulou, Davide Baldi, Reinhart Ceulemans & Margaret Dimitrova, Barbara Crostini, José Declerck, Eva De Ridder, Tomás Fernández, José Maksimczuk, Basile Markesinis, Juan Nadal Cañellas, Stefaan Neirynck & Peter Van Deun, Jennifer Nimmo Smith, Paul-Hubert Poirier, Antonio Rigo, and Bram Roosen.

Fr Joseph Munitiz SJ edited three volumes in Brepols's collection for the Corpus Christianorum, which attempts to update the Migne Patrologia Graeca with critical editions of theologians writing in Greek, not only the Fathers but also the later Byzantine authors who are less well known. He worked on two writers from the 13th century, but also on the Questions and Answers of Anastasius of Sinai (c. 700 A.D.). In the course of his work, Fr Munitiz had to travel widely and came to know and help many other scholars. He commented: "I am pleasantly surprised to find contributors to this Festschrift who are not personally known to me, but who must have found my publications helpful."

The book has been edited by Dr Bram Roosen, research associate at the KULeuven (Belgium) and former editor of the CCSG, and Prof dr Peter Van Deun, head of the Institute for Palaeochristian and Byzantine Studies (KULeuven) and the general director of the CCSG. The volume it's the 15th in the series "Byzantioς. Studies in Byzantine History and Civilization", published by Brepols Publishers, and is scheduled to appear in June 2019 on the publisher's website.