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Clement of Alexandria


(Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

Sources for Further Study

Buell, Denise Kimber. Making Christians: Clement of Alexandria and the Rhetoric of Legitimacy. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1999. Covers origin stories, procreative language, kinship metaphors, the rhetoric of Christian unity, and other issues in relation to Clement. Bibliography, indexes.

Ferguson, John. Clement of Alexandria. New York: Twayne, 1974. A popular biography by an accomplished scholar.

Hägg, Henny Fiskå. Clement of Alexandria and the Beginnings of Christian Apophaticism: Knowing the Unknowable. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. Covers the origins of Alexandrian Christianity, esoteric knowledge and gnosis, Clement’s concept of God, and the reception of Clement. Includes a bibliography and an index.

Karavites, Peter. Evil, Freedom, and the Road to Perfection in Clement of Alexandria. Boston: Brill, 1999. An exposition of Clement’s notions that God is active in human history and that individuals progress from childlike faith to full knowledge and love. Bibliography, index.

Lilla, Savatore R. C. Clement of Alexandria: A Study in Christian Platonism and Gnosticism. London: Oxford University Press, 1971. A basic critical interpretation of Clement.

Osborn, Eric. Clement of Alexandria. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. The standard history of “an influential but underestimated pioneer of Christian theological thinking” with Osborn’s scholarly transliterations and translations of the Greek. Clement is a key synthesizer of early Christian and classical ideas. Bibliography, index.

Tollinton, R. B. Clement of Alexandria: A Study in Christian Liberalism. 2 vols. London: Williams & Norgate, 1914. A still indispensable classic.