New Journal of Ethics in Antiquity and Christianity

New Journal of Ethics in Antiquity and Christianity July 26, 2019

Wayne Coppins shared this announcement. He writes:

The newly founded international open access journal “Journal of Ethics in Antiquity and Christianity (JEAC)” (available at provides a platform for specialized research in ancient ethics with a particular focus on its impact and interdependence with the development of Christian ethics. It attempts to establish a dialogue between biblical, classical, Judaistic and patristic research on the one hand, and philosophical and theological approaches on the other. Thus, the journal opens up opportunities for interaction between the ethical traditions of antiquity – including the origins of Christian ethics – and current ethical discourses. The journal is edited and published by the research center “Ethics in Antiquity and Christianity“ ( at Mainz university.

The first issue, out now, is dedicated to the reflection on the hermeneutical challenges of the venture itself, and features essays and articles by Jan Assmann, William Schweiker, John J. Collins, Adela Yarbro Collins, Robert Brawley, Wolfram Kinzig, and Christoph Jedan. The second issue will look at the role of emotion in ancient and contemporary ethics. Further open issues are planned, and contributions are welcome. In addition to peer reviewed essays and articles, the journal has a „dialogue-„section, one for reviews and miscellae, and encourages contributions on ethical theories and issues in antiquity and the present.

In the same post Wayne also highlights a recent publication that is likely to be of interest. And if you are at all interested in or dependent on reading academic publications in German, Wayne’s blog is one that you’ll want to follow, since he has worked extensively as a translator of New Testament scholarship, and his blog offers regular posts aimed at helping those who are working on learning or improving their German. But those same posts are also useful to those who may not be trying to learn the language, but are interested in getting small snippets of translation offered to them.

For those wanting to work on their translation or comprehension skills, here is the information about the new journal in German:

Die Open Access Zeitschrift „Journal of Ethics in Antiquity and Christianity (JEAC)“ etabliert einen Dialog zwischen exegetischen, judaistischen und patristischen Beiträgen mit philosophischen und systematisch-theologischen Ansätzen zu gegenwartsrelevanten ethischen Fragestellungen und bringt damit die ethischen Dimensionen antiker Texte in die gegenwärtigen Ethikdiskurse ein. Ethische Frage­stellungen ziehen sich nicht nur gegenwärtig quer durch die verschiedenen Wissenschaften, sondern waren bereits in der Antike in vielen Kontexten präsent. Die Art der Bearbeitung ethischer Thematiken in Texten der Antike erbringt für die Gegenwart weit über das Verständnis der eigenen Tradition hinaus methodische und inhaltliche Impulse. Es wird aber weder den Texten noch dem gegenwärtigen Diskurs gerecht, wenn der Beitrag der antiken Texte nur in Form von einzelnen Argumenten oder Motiven aus der Vergangenheit in die Gegenwart übertragen wird. Es bedarf einer sorgfältigen Explikation der ethischen Dimensionen biblischer und außerbiblischer Texte aus ihren antiken Kontexten und Diskurskonstellationen heraus, um diese in ihnen angemessener Weise zur Sprache zu bringen.

Dieser Vielstimmigkeit der Zeiten und Disziplinen wird das „Journal of Ethics in Antiquity and Christianity“ durch die Vielfalt der vertretenen Fachdisziplinen und Textformen gerecht: Jede Ausgabe stellt zu einer spezifischen ethischen Fragestellung Artikel aus verschiedenen theologischen und nicht-theologischen Disziplinen mit einem Dialog zweiter konträrer Positionen, Miszellen und Rezensionen zusammen. Um die Ergebnisse für den ethischen Diskurs der Gegenwart in breitem Rahmen verfügbar zu machen, erscheint das Journal als Open Access-Veröffentlichung. Die Artikel werden auf Anfrage durch das Herausgebergremium in deutscher oder englischer Sprache verfasst und durchlaufen ein doppeltes Peer Review, das die Qualität und interdisziplinäre Verständlichkeit der Beiträge fördert.

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  • John MacDonald

    This post got me to thinking of morality in antiquity, and particularly Socrates’s argument that that no one knowingly does, or seeks to do, evil (moral wrong), which is why moral education is so important. This claim, at first glance, seems silly because people knowingly do wrong all the time. However, as Derrida argued, at-the-glanceness as obviousness is certainly no guarantee of the truth of a proposition: We have all been wrong about things we thought were obvious and self-evident. So, seeing as how Socrates was a towering intellect and not usually given over to “silly mistakes,” what we have here is interestingly questionable! I think at the heart of Socrates’s point is that people always do what we think it makes sense for us to do at the time. For instance, a person commits suicide because that is what they think it makes sense for them to do at the time. I think Socrates’s point on ethical education was to try to have the moral approach make the most sense to people, make the most sense to them in their acting at the time.