The Database default is to show all possible references to letters attributed to Paul in early Christian writings. Options to limit your search are many and each search may be downloaded as a CSV or Excel file. To download your search, simply click on the CSV or Excel tab at the top left side of the database.
To the left of each Epistle entry is a green "+" which when clicked will show any information not included on your screen such as region, approximate date of the early Christian text, and a link to the biblical text where available.
TO LIMIT BY REGION
To limit the data to a specific region, you can delete the options from the bar at the top of the database ("Include only these regions in the table"). The early Christian writers are divided into 8 regions based on the location of their writing according to Sources Chrétiennes. The database default is to show results from all regions.
TO SEARCH BY EPISTLE and/or CHAPTER and VERSE
To limit the search to one Pauline epistle and/or by a specific range according to chapter and verse, type in the epistle you would like to search into the text box under "Epistle". You can then limit further by Start/End Chapter and/or Start/End Verse by adjusting the bars that appear when you click on the box under each of those headings.
TO SEARCH BY EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITER and TEXT
To limit the search by Early Christian Writer and/or Text, type in the name of the writer (e.g. Origen) in the box under "Early Christian Writer" or the name of an Early Christian Text (in English; e.g. "Against Marcion") in the box under "Reference Text". Where available, results can also be limited by the place of the reference with the early Christian text ("Start/End Reference").
TO SEARCH BY DATE
To limit the search by the date of an Early Christian Text (Reference Text), adjust the bars that appear when you click on the box under "Reference Date Start" and "Reference Date End".
Dates for the texts are according to Sources Chrétiennes and are often a range. All dates are Common Era.
WHAT IS A "SECONDARY QUOTATION"?
The database includes early Christian writings which quote from another early Christian text that uses a Pauline epistle. For example, 1 Corinthians 11.19 is used by Origen in one of his writings. This part of Origen is quoted in Pamphilus' Apology for Origen and also appears in the database as 1 Corinthians 11.19. The quotation of Origen using a Pauline epistle as found in the writing of Pamphilus is a "secondary quotation." If you would like to exclude all secondary quotations from your search, select "true" from the box under "Secondary Quotation". An "X" in that column indicates that the sources is not a secondary quotation.
WHAT IS "REFERENCE STATUS"?
This column remains a work in progress, though more than 5000 entries are already updated. The status of a reference is divided into three possible options: Reference, Possible Reference, and Reference not found. The database can be limited by the Reference Status by typing one of these options into the text box in this column. What each option means is described in greater detail above in the "Overview".