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Exegesis of Biblical Theophanies in Byzantine Hymnography: Rewritten Bible?

The article discusses the interpretation of biblical theophanies in Byzantine hymns associated with the so-called Improperia tradition. After presenting the exegesis of specific theophanies as exemplified in hymns, the author argues that this type of exegesis is difficult to frame within the categories commonly used to describe patristic exegesis. He suggests that patristic scholars should instead consider the category “Rewritten Bible” current among scholars of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha.

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