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A scholium (Gk. scholion, “comment”) is a brief explanatory comment on an individual text. With glosses and interpretation scholia early came into use as a hermeneutical tool in literary history (Hermeneutics). In the Christian field we find them in exegesis of the Bible and the Fathers (Patristics; Catena), for example, in the Hypotyposes of Clement of Alexandria (d. ca. 215) up until the biblical expositions of Martin Luther (1483–1546; Luther’s Theology).


H. Erbse and D. Fehling, “Scholien,” LAW 2723–26

A. Gudemann, “Scholien,” PW (2d ser.)…

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Drössler, Bernd T., “Scholium”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_S.33>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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