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1 Rev. Thomas J. Herron; Editor-Scott Hahn Clement and the Early Church of Rome: On the Dating of Clement's First Epistle to the Corinthians
Emmaus Road Publishing November 2010 1931018472 / 9781931018470 Trade Paperback Used - Like New 
CLEAN!! No marks. Might as well be new. Appears unread. .............. ................. .................. In this deeply moving narrative, Thomas Howard describes his pilgrimage from Evangelicalism (which he loves and reveres as the religion of his youth) to liturgical Christianity. He soon afterward became a Roman Catholic. He describes Evangelicalism with great sympathy and then examines more formal, liturgical worship with the freshness of someone discovering for the first time what his soul had always hungered for. This is a book of apologetics without polemics. Non-Catholics will gain an appreciation of the formal and liturgical side of Catholicism. Catholics will see with fresh eyes the beauty of their tradition. Worship, prayer, the Blessed Virgin, the Mass, and the liturgical year are taken one after the other, and what may have seemed routine and repetitive suddenly comes to life under the enchanting wand of Howard's beautiful prose. Howard unfolds for us just what occurs in the vision and imagination of a Christian who, nurtured in the earnestness of Protestant Evangelicalism, finds himself yearning for 'whatever-it-is' that has been there in the Church for 2000 years. It traces Howard's soul-searching and shows why he believes the practices of the liturgical Church are an invaluable aid for any Christian's spiritual life. Reminiscent of the style and scope of Newman, Lewis and Knox, this book is destined to be a classic. 
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2 Saint John Chrysostom; Translator-Thomas Aquinas Coggin Commentary on Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist: Homilies 1 - 88 (2 Volume Set) (The Fathers of the Church, Volumes 33 & 41)
The Catholic University Press of America 2000 B0006AUVH6 Soft Cover Used - Very Good 
2 Volume Set - Paperback - Short-run Reprint (2000) Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Gently read if at all. ......... Vol 1: Homilies 1 - 47, IBSN: 978-0-8132-1024-7, Condition VG+ // Vol 2. Homilies 48 - 88, ISBN: 978-0-8132-1025-4, Condition VG+............................ The Homilies on St. John's Gospel come from the period in which Chrysostom attained his greatest fame as pulpit orator, the years of his simple priesthood at Antioch (386-397). This was the peaceful period in Chrysostom's life that preceded his elevation to the episcopacy as patriarch of Constantinople (398), wherein adverse imperial and ecclesiastical reaction to his program of moral reform led to his deposition, banishment, and all by martyr's death (407). The 88 Homilies, which date from about 390, work systematically through the text of St. John's Gospel and thus form a commentary upon it. In his exposition Chrysostom reflects his youthful Antiochene training in the interpretation of Holy Scripture through his emphasis upon the literal or historical meaning of the sacred text. The exposition focuses sharply on practical morality and thus often supplies telling information about fourth-century life and times. The homilies show the flowering of Chrysostom's intensive study of rhetoric and are especially commendable for their command of imagery. The first 47 Homilies carry Chrysostom's commentary through Chap. 6.54-72; the remaining 41, extending the commentary through to the end of the Gospel, are contained in Vol. 41 of this series. 
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3 Oecumenius; Translator-John N. Suggit Commentary on the Apocalypse (The Fathers of the Church, Vol. 112)
Catholic University of America Press April 2006 0813201128 / 9780813201122 Hardcover Used - Very Good As New 
Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Appears unread. DJ is as new........................... This is the first complete translation in English of Oecumenius's commentary, which is the first known Greek commentary on the book of Revelation. Written in the sixth century but discovered only at the beginning of the twentieth, it presents a fascinating view of a writer who strove to be faithful to the teaching of the church while at the same time allowing his imagination to make sense of the stories and visions of Revelation. In interpreting the events surrounding the destruction of the wicked he shows sensible pastoral restraint and refuses to be swayed by the dogmatic certainty shown even by some modern interpreters. The short introduction to the translation by John N. Suggit provides a brief account of the identity of the author and the theological issues with which he was involved, especially the controversy over the beliefs of Origen and his followers. The study is particularly interesting today when the words of Scripture are often interpreted literally without the poetic and dramatic quality which alone gives them true life. The book therefore should be of interest not only to serious scholars, but also to those who are ready to listen to this New Testament book not as a record of past history but as the description of the drama of life today. ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR: John N. Suggit is professor emeritus of New Testament Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa. His work has been widely published in journals and was honored in a recent Festschrift titled Word, Sacrament, and Community. PRAISE FOR THE BOOK: 'The translation is literal yet quite readable, and the sixteen-page introduction is informative. The volume is a valuable resource to anyone investigating the history of Apocalypse exegesis in the early church.' -- Kenneth B. Steinhauser, Religious Studies Review 
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4 Martin of Braga, Paschasius of Dumium, Leander of Seville, Braulio of Saragossa, Fructuosus of Braga, acian of Barcelona, Orosius of Braga; Translators-Claude W. Barlow, Craig L. Hanson Iberian Fathers, Volumes 1, 2 & 3 (3 Volume Set) (The Fathers of the Church, Volumes: 62, 63 & 99)
The Catholic University of America Press 1999 281BNB1002648 Hardcover Used - Very Good 
3 Volume Set - Hardcover - Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front covers. No marks or writing observed in text. Bindings tight and square. Gently read if at all. ...............Vol I, ISBN: 978-0-8132-0062-0, No DJ., 1st Edition (1969) // Vol 2.) ISBN: 978-0-8132-0063-7, No DJ 1st Edition (1969) // Vol 3.) ISBN: 978-0-8132-0099-6, DJ is As New. 1st Edition (1999) .........................What is now Portugal embraces Braga, the sec-city of Martin, Pannonian-born missionary. While abbot of nearby Dumium, Martin had a pupil Paschasius, whose Questions and Answers of the Greek Fathers has never before been translated complete in any language. To what is now Spain belongs the third author in the volume, Leander, future bishop of Seville, where he was succeeded by his more famous and more prolific brother, Isidore. As with Paschasius, the works of Leander of Seville and of Martin of Braga are translated complete, many for the first time. The subjects range widely and include ethics (with the doctrine sometimes coming from Seneca or other pre-Christian writers), pastoral and ascetical theology, monastic discipline, liturgy, and the computation of the date of Easter.................In the second volume of translations from the Iberian Fathers appear the works of two seventh-century writers. From the first of these, bishop Braulio of Saragossa, a figure in Visigothic literature second only to St. Isidore of Seville, comes an extensive collection of letters. These are variously addressed to Isidore himself, to other ecclesiastics, to Pope Honorius, and to King Receswinth; friends and relatives were the recipients of seven letters of consolation. Braulio's letters are joined by the Life of a near contemporary, St. Emilian, and by a valuable list of the writings of Isidore, under whom Braulio studied. Fructuousus of Braga is represented by two monastic rules. The first of these was composed for Compludo, a foundation made by Fructousus himself; the other rule is a general or common one. Two other writings dealing with monastic practice accompany these rules, together with a letter to King Receswinth. Nearly all of the material presented here by Professor Barlow is new to English readers, and all of it offers a lively and wide-ranging insight into conditions prevailing in the seventh century among the people, lay, clerical, and religious, of what later became Spain and Portugal............................. The third volume in the works of the Iberian Fathers in the Fathers of the Church series, brings together writings from Pacian of Barcelona and Orosius of Braga - two Iberian authors and orthodox partisans of the turbulent late 4th and early 5th centuries. 
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5 Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius; Translator-Mary Francis McDonald Lactantius The Minor Works (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 54)
The Catholic University of America Press June 1965 0813200547 / 9780813200545 Hardcover Used - Very Good No Jacket 
Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. ....................................... Lactantius lived through one of the greatest turning points in the history of Europe. It has been aptly described as the moment when the old world of paganism was in travail, when against its will it gave birth to the Christian Empire. The writings of this author are, together with those of Eusebius, the principal sources for the period of the great persecution of Diocletian and for the first years of the peace of the Church after the Edict of Milan. For the period of the Council of Nicaea, there is somewhat more abundant source material, but for the years 312-324 reliance must be made upon Eusebius and Lactantius. Both may be considered to have written with considerable bias. They are too extravagant in praise of Constantine; Lactantius especially manifested an odium theologicum toward Galerius and the persecutors. Their works are still of high value, however, as historical sources. From the time of the studies of Maurice, moreover, the evidence of numismatics has verified the historical accounts of these contemporary sources. The writings of Lactantius, therefore, were composed in one of the most eventful epochs of ecclesiastical history. The Church, after suffering the most sever of despotic persecutions, was suddenly received under state protection and began to enjoy, not merely tranquility and legal status, but even a considerable portion of political influence. The fourth century saw the great fusion of the Christian Church with the Roman state and Hellenistic culture, the fusion which was to spell out Western civilization and determine its achievements. Perhaps no other writer is more completely revealing of his own times. As pagan rhetoricians were abandoning the schools and the philosophers, the culture of the world was bring saved in the very Church that was charged with its destruction. Lactantius is a sharer of Minucius Felix' attitude toward traditional culture. He believed that it possessed a vitality, that its treasure should be preserved, that the 'spoils of the Egyptians could become the pride of the despised Galilaeans.' In the very act of despoiling them, however, he assigned himself the task of addressing those Egyptians and, in a number of essential features, accepted their own literature and learning. In this way, he saved much of their culture for the Church and became thereby one of the founders of Christian humanism. 
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6 Origen; Translator-Robert C. Hill Origen: Commentary on the Gospel According to John - Books 1 - 32, (2 Volume Set - Fathers of the Church Volumes 80 & 89)
The Catholic University of American Press 1993 281BNB1002683 Hardcover Used - Very Good 
2 Volume Set - One hardback and 1 softback - Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. ............... Vol I: Books 1-10, ISBN: 9780813210292, Paperback // Vol II: Books 13-32, ISBN: 9780813200897, Hardback // ..................... ...............Origen composed at least thirty-two books of a commentary on the Gospel according to John, at the request of St. Ambrose of Milan. Of these, only nine books are extant in almost complete form, although we have selections of others persevered in other collections of the works of Origen. The commentary proceeds verse by verse, and is particularly notable for its emphasis on the spiritual meaning of the Gospel..................... Volume I contains books 1,2,6, and 10, and fragments of books 4 and 5. Origen's main interest is the allegorical interpretation of the Gospel according to John, which makes this an important work in the study of Origen's mystical thought. A secondary interest is the refutation of Valentinian gnosticism. According to Eusebius, Ambrose had been a Valentinian before his conversion by Origen, and Origen refers to the Gnostic writer Heracleon regularly throughout the commentary in order to refute his views. Although the refutation of Heracleon may have been a stimulus for the composition of this work, Origen moved beyond this goal in order to present a commentary on the Gospel which would appeal to the growing number of educated Christians who wanted a scientific exegesis. The author's writing covers a wide range of historical, theological, philosophical and etymological topics, all focused on this Gospel of 'spiritual food.' 'We might dare to say,' Origen says as he begins his commentary, 'that the Gospels are the first-fruits of all Scriptures, but that the first-fruits of the Gospels is that according to John. How great must be our understanding, that we may be able to understand in a worthy manner the word which is stored up in the earthen treasures of paltry language.' The Spirit-led exegete can thus draw out of the words and symbols a higher level of insight. This 'spiritual gospel' is the reality of which Christ's acts were symbols; it is the secrets hidden in the mysteries of Christ's words.................... Volume II contains what remains of Books 13-32 of Origen's 'Commentary on the Gospel According to John', and thus completes the publication of this full English translation of this work. Ronald Heine introduces his translation with a discussion of the times and circumstances within which the commentary was composed. He also provides a survey of the major theological questions with which the commentary is concerned. These include Origen's thoughts on the nature of God, the person and work of Christ, his relation to the Father and to the created order, his teaching on the Holy Spirit, the Resurrection and eschatology and his ideas on the devil. Beginning with the conversation between Christ and the Samaritan woman at the well and ending with Christ's discourse to his disciples at the Last Supper, the commentary displays Origen's attention to the literal meanings of the passages, but moves beyond them to try to grasp their spiritual significance, providing us with the opportunity to examine Origen's mystical thought. He also refutes the gnostic reading of the Gospel presented by Heracleon, but this polemic is subordinate to Origen's own investigations of the theological, philosophical, historical and etymological questions raised by the Gospel. Because it treats many of the same passages of the Gospel of John upon which Augustine also comments (Volume 88 of 'The Fathers of the Church'), this volume should provide a useful companion to it and invites a comparison of the thoughts of these two great exegetes upon what both regarded as the greatest of the Gospels. 
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7 Origen; Translator-John Clark Smith Origen: Homilies on Jeremiah and I Kings 28 (The Fathers of the Church, Vol. 97)
Catholic University of America Press February 1998 0813200970 / 9780813200972 Hardcover Used - Very Good As New 
Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Appears unread. DJ is as new........................... Souls existing before their bodies, witches summoning dead prophets from the underworld, the return of the damned--and the Devil himself--to God in the end, and many other theological speculations surprise the reader of Origen's Homilies on Jeremiah and I Kings 28. Some of these very theses of the third-century priest from Alexandria, Egypt, were condemned in the Second Council of Constantinople. But plumbing the mystical depths of the Prophecy of Jeremiah is the central point of the homilies. Presented in this volume are the remains of twenty-two homilies and a collection of fragments delivered by Origen around A.D. 240. The original texts of the homilies on Jeremiah have not come down to us completely; two of the homilies survive only in a Latin translation of St. Jerome. The homily on I Kings 28, while not a part of the homilies on Jeremiah, deals with the Witch of Endor and has been added to this volume in virtue of its own inherent interest. In this collection, Origen seeks understanding of the significance of the hostility of the Chosen People towards the Prophet Jeremiah before their captivity in Babylon. Origen in many ways identified with the great prophet and thought of Jeremiah as a type for Christ in the Hebrew Scriptures. Origen realized that Jeremiah came at a crucial time in the history of Israel, the time of captivity, and he views this event and the events around it as pregnant with meaning for the people of his time. Watching a master grapple with admittedly difficult, obscure texts and give them compelling, forceful delivery must have impressed Origen's congregation. Readers will find it no less engaging to read his homilies now and experience some of that exhilaration of hearing a true expert highlight every subtlety of the pericope and make plain what once was obscure. John Clark Smith studied religion, theology, and philosophy at Syracuse University, Duke University, and the University of St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto, where he was also a lecturer for several years. He is the author of The Ancient Wisdom of Origen and numerous articles. 'Smith's translation is first rate. It reads smoothly and clearly. . . . Smith has done a good service to the field.'--Church History 'The decision to translate and publish the homilies on 1 Kings and Jeremiah together was a sound one for two reasons. First, they are the only homilies of Origen that have been preserved in Greek, rather than Latin. Second, neither has ever been published in English before. Thus this volume is to be greeted by anglophones with especially loud huzzahs. . . . A solid, respectable volume, which clearly sees its role as being as transparent a medium for Origen's thoughts as possible.'--Laval theologique et philosophique 
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8 Origen; Translator-Gary Wayne Barkley Origen: Homilies on Leviticus 1-16 (The Fathers of the Church, Vol. 83)
Catholic University of America Press December 1990 0813200830 / 9780813200835 Hardcover Used - Very Good As New 
Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Appears unread. DJ is as new......................... This new translation of Origen's Homilies on Leviticus may be read as a companion to Ronald E. Heine's translation of Origen's Homilies on Genesis and Exodus, volume 71 in the Fathers of the Church series. Both volumes reveal Origen's tenacious belief that, although the meaning of Scripture was threefold, that is, literal, moral, and spiritual, the most important interpretation was the spiritual. The Homilies on Leviticus were delivered during a three-year cycle between 238 and 244 in Alexandria where Origen was a brilliant teacher, theologian, churchman, and exegete until his imprisonment and torture under Decian and his reluctant death in Tyre in 253/254. They were translated by Rufinus, who admitted to having changed the text by condensing the homilies and, at the same time, expanding some of the explanations. Nevertheless they provide valuable insights on the third-century Church, touching on topics of conversion from sin, works of piety, baptism, Lent and fasting, the ordination of a priest, and the process of Christian discipline. Perhaps Origen's most significant theological contribution, however, is his doctrine of the Trinity which influenced the Trinitarian debates of the fourth and fifth centuries. Origen was the most prolific write of all the writers of the Early Church. Eusebius numbers his books at 2000, and St. Jerome writes of 786 works. But Origen's chief aim, as an interpreter of the Scriptures, was to draw out the historical meaning of the text and communicate that wisdom of perception to his flock. It was this that inspired his profound spiritual interpretation in the Homilies on Leviticus so finely translated in this volume. 
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9 Origen; Translator-Joseph T. Lienhard Origen: Homilies on Luke, Fragments on Luke (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 94)
The Catholic University of America Press August 1996 0813200946 / 9780813200941 Hardcover Used - Very Good Very Good 
Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. DJ is VG.................................. Origen of Alexandria (born circa AD 185) is one of the most influential of the Church fathers, and ranks among the most prolific writers and teachers in the history of the Church. He preached on most of the bible, and his homilies influenced Christian writers and theologians for centuries after his death. Origen's approach to the Bible was to analyse passages word by word, and this is reflected in his homilies, which regularly begin with a literal reading of the text. For Origen, the key to the meaning of a word in the Bible is often the use of the same word elsewhere in Scripture. He assumed that each word had a meaning that is both profound and relevant to the reader, for the Holy Spirit is never trite and what the Holy Spirit says must always touch the listener. There are 39 of Origen's homilies on the Gospel of Luke which survive in Jerome's Latin translation. Here, they are translated into English for the first time, along with a selection of more significant fragments of his commentaries on Luke. The first 39 homilies treat chapters one through four of Luke's Gospel; the remaining six treat passages from the 10th to the 20th chapters. Origen preached these homilies in Caesarea, perhaps around the year 234 or 240, to a congregation of catechumens and faithful. Most of the homilies are short, discussing, on the average, about six verses of the Gospel, and would have lasted between eight and twelve minutes. Origen's homilies are the only extant patristic writing on Luke's Gospel before Ambrose's 'Exposition on Luke', written circa 390. Homilies 1 to 20 also constitute the only extant commentary from the pre-Nicene Church on either Infancy Narrative 
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10 Saint Ambrose; Translator-John J. Savage Saint Ambrose: Hexameron, Paradise, and Cain and Abel (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 42)
Catholic University of America Press December 1961 0813200423 / 9780813200422 First Edition Hardcover Used - Good No Jacket 
1st Edition / 1st Printing - Ex-library with usual marks. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. No DJ........................... The term Hexameron refers either to the genre of theological treatise that describes God's work on the six days of creation or to the six days of creation themselves. Most often these theological works take the form of commentaries on Genesis I. As a genre, hexameral literature was popular in the early church and medieval periods. The word derives its name from the Greek roots hexa-, meaning 'six', and hemer-, meaning 'day'.......................... Using the Genesis account as a template, the days of creation are claimed as follows: 1.) Light -- 2.) The firmament of Heaven -- 3.( Separation of water and land, created plant life -- 4.) Sun, moon, and stars -- 5.) Marine life and birds -- 6.) Land animals, and man and woman.................. The seventh day is reserved for rest (Sabbath), and so is not counted................................. Based on this framework, Christian and Jewish authors have written treatises that cover a wide variety of topics, including cosmology, science, theology, theological anthropology, and God's nature.................. Among the Latin Fathers, Ambrose and Augustine wrote some of the earliest extant hexameral literature. Ambrose's Hexameron is heavily influenced by Basil's work of the same name. 
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11 Saint Ambrose; Translator-Michael P. McHugh Saint Ambrose: Seven Exegetical Works (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 65)
The Catholic University of America Press 2003 081321355X / 9780813213552 Soft Cover Used - Very Good 
1st paperback reprint (2003) Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Gently read if at all. ........................... Includes: 1.) Isaac or the Soul; 2.) Death as a Good; 3.) Jacob and the Happy Life; 4.) Joseph; 5.) The Patriarchs; 6.) Flight from the World, 7.) The Prayer of Job and David 
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12 Saint Basil; Translator-Agnes Clare Way; Notes-Roy J. Deferrari Saint BAsil: Letters, Volume 2 (186-368) [The Fathers of the Church, Volume 28]
Catholic University of America Press 1969 0813200288 / 9780813200286 Hardcover Used - Good No Jacket 
Ex-library with usual marks. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Overall very gently used. ................................ This is the second volume of the letters of Bishop Basil of Caesarea in the Fathers of the Church series (Letters 186-368). It includes the correspondence from the year 374 until the end of his life in 379, as well as his undated letters and some letters of dubious or spurious authorship. The majority of this collection consists of authenticated letters, many of which Basil has devoted to the details of church discipline as well as to theological questions and to his own self-defense against the informal accusations of heresy that he suffered. 
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13 Saint Caesarius; Translator-Mary Magdeleine Mueller Saint Caesarius of Arles: Sermons 1 - 238 (The Fathers of the Church - Vol's 31, 47 & 66) 3 Volume Set
The Catholic University of America Press 1981 281BNB1002631 Hardcover Used - Very Good 
Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front covers. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. All gently read if at all.................. Vol 1.) Sermons 1-80, 1st Edition (1956). No DJ. // Vol 2.) Sermons 81-186, 2nd printing (1981) DJ is Very Good // Vol 3.) Sermons 187-238, 1st Edition (1973). No DJ......................... Saint Caesarius of Arles (Latin: Caesarius Arelatensis; 468/470 – 27 August 542 AD), sometimes called 'of Chalon' (Cabillonensis or Cabellinensis) from his birthplace Chalon-sur-SaĂ´ne, was the foremost ecclesiastic of his generation in Merovingian Gaul.. Caesarius is considered to be of the last generation of church leaders of Gaul that worked to promote large-scale ascetic elements into the Western Christian tradition. William E. Klingshirn’s study of Caesarius depicts Caesarius as having the reputation of a 'popular preacher of great fervour and enduring influence.' In all the Christian West, only Gregory the Great and Gregory of Tours overshadow him. Among Caesarius's greatest influences were Augustine of Hippo, Pomerius, and Cassian.......................... Saint Caesarius corpus consists of over 200 surviving sermons. Caesarius was determined to edit, shorten, and simplify his sermons in order to make them more effective and available to the existing patristic tradition. About 1/3 of his sermons are efforts of this sort. His works travelled to all parts of the Christian West, spreading his medieval sermon tradition and its topics of Christian love, the meaning of the last Judgment, the rights of the poor and the notion of Christianity. His writings were used by monks in Germany, repeated in Anglo-Saxon poetry and turned up in the important works of Gatianus of Tours and Thomas Aquinas. In Delcogliano's article, he mentions two other historians who studied and presented new critical texts of Caesarius's sermons. The two historians, Courreau and VogĂĽĂ©, noted that although Caesarius’s monastic sermons contain their own perspective and emphasis, his teachings are largely consistent throughout all of his sermons. Certain recurring themes include the expectations of monks in the monastery (i.e., important to attain Christian salvation within the safe haven of a monastery with the help of God) as well as being assisted on this Christian journey by fellow brothers who must offer mutual support. Caesarius, unlike other monks like Anthony the Great, did not believe in solitude in order to be blessed with the Grace of God; instead he emphasized brothers living amongst each other and providing edification and a good example to one another. 
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14 Saint Cyprian; Translator-Sister Rose Bernard Donna Saint Cyprian : Letters 1-81 (Fathers of the Church Vol 51)
Catholic University of America Press 1981 0813200512 / 9780813200514 Hardcover Used - Very Good Very Good 
Clean!! No Marks In Text. Light Wear On Cover, Translated By Sister Rose Bernard Donna. 2nd Printing (1981) Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. GEntly read if at all. .......................... St. Cyprian works fall naturally into two groups: treaties (sermons, libelli, tractus) and letters (epistulae). A translation of the treatises will be found in volume 36 of this series. The letters, of which eighty-one have come down to us, written from c.249 until his death in 258 A.D., may be found translated in this volume. They give a penetrating insight into the affairs of the Church in Africa in the middle of the third century. They reveal problems of doctrine and of discipline which had to be decided in a period of crisis and persecution when the Church, still in its infancy, had not yet emerged from the catacombs. Most important of all, they make Cyprian vividly alive as an understanding bishop who could be both gentle and firm, enthusiastic and moderate. He was prudent enough to go into exile to direct his flock from afar when his presence was a potential source of danger to the people; he was courageous enough to face martyrdom that he knew would ultimately he his. Of these letters, fifty-nine were written by Cyprian himself and six more, emanating from Carthaginian Councils or Synods, were largely his work also. Sixteen letters were written by others; apparently eleven were lost. St. Cyprian's prestige and influence was great in Christian antiquity. Unfortunately, he is not well known or as widely read in modern times as he deserves. This is probably due to Cyprian's lack of complete orthodoxy, in the modern sense of the word, regarding the recognition of the See of Peter and the rebaptism of heretics. The modern reader must bear in mind that the period of the Fathers was the time of the laying of the foundation of so much which we accept and see so clearly today. In any case, both Lactantius (Div. Inst. 5.1.24) and St. Augustine (De bapt. contra Donatistas), while acknowledging the weaknesses of St. Cyprian's stand on the questions mentioned, do not in the slightest detract from their respect and admiration for their fellow countryman. Prudentius pays St. Cyprian the following tribute in his Peristephanon 13.5.6 ff.): 'As long as Christ will allow the race of men / to exist and the world to flourish, / As long as any book will be, as long as there / Will be holy collections of literary works, / Everyone who loves Christ will read you, O / Cyprian, will learn your teachings.' 
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15 Saint Jerome; Translator-Thomas P. Scheck Saint Jerome: Commentary on Matthew (The Fathers of the Church, Vol. 117)
Catholic University of America Press December 2008 0813201179 / 9780813201177 Hardcover Used - Very Good As New 
Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Appears unread. DJ is as new.......................... St. Jerome (347-420) has been considered the pre-eminent scriptural commentator among the Latin Church Fathers. His Commentary on Matthew, written in 398 and profoundly influential in the West, appears here for the first time in English translation. Jerome covers the entire text of Matthew's gospel by means of brief explanatory comments that clarify the text literally and historically. Although he himself resided in Palestine for forty years, Jerome often relies on Origen and Josephus for local information and traditions. His stated aim is to offer a streamlined and concise exegesis that avoids excessive spiritual interpretation. Jerome depends on the works of a series of antecedent commentators, both Greek and Latin, the most important of whom is Origen, yet he avoids the extremes in Origen's allegorical interpretations. His polemic against theological opponents is a prominent thrust of his exegetical comments. The Arians, the Gnostics, and the Helvidians are among his most important targets. Against Arius, Jerome stresses that the Son did not lack omniscience. Against Marcion and Mani, Jerome holds that Jesus was a real human being, with flesh and bones, and that men become sons of God by their own free choice, not by the nature with which they are born. Against Helvidius, Jerome defends the perpetual virginity of Mary. In this commentary, Jerome calls attention to the activity of the Trinity as a principal unifying theme of the Gospel of Matthew. He also stresses that exertions are necessary for the Christian to attain eternal salvation; that free will is a reality; that human beings cooperate with divine grace; and that it is possible to obtain merit during the earthly life. 
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16 St. John Chrysostom; Translator-Robert C. Hill Saint John Chrysostom: Homilies on Genesis 1 - 67 (3 Volume Set - The Fathers of the Church Volumes 74, 82 & 87)
The Catholic University of America Press 1992 281BNB1002684 Soft Cover Used - Very Good 
3 Volume Set - 2 softbound and 1 hardbound - Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. .................... Vol I: Homilies 1-17, ISBN: 9780813209722, Paperback // Vol II: Homilies 18-45, ISBN: 9780813210872, Paperback // Vol III: Homilies 46-67, ISBN: 9780813200873, Hardback in VG DJ................................. This translation makes available for the first time in English one of the most significant Old Testament commentaries of the patristic period. St. John Chrysostom's extant works outnumber those of any other Father of the East; in the West, only Augustine produced a larger corpus. Of Chrysostom's more than 600 exegetical homilies, however, only those on the New Testament have previously been translated into English. The Genesis homilies, his richest Old Testament series, reveal a theologian, pastor, and moralist struggling to explain some of the most challenging biblical material to his congregation in Antioch. He admonishes them to 'apply yourself diligently to the reading of Sacred Scripture, not only when you come along here, but at home,' encourages spiritual discourse, and frequently envisages them leaving church reminiscing on the day's sermon. While critical exegetical details go without mention and Chrysostom was limited to the Greek version of the Old Testament in his studies, his oratory has been judged golden and his theology profound. He was a preacher satisfied with commenting on Scripture with his moral purpose always to the fore. Chrysostom studied the Scriptures with Diodore of Tarsus, a distinguished exegete known from fragments of his commentaries on Genesis and Psalms, and a polemic style developed from his pastoral concern to protect his congregation from the dangerous influences of fourth-century Antioch. Most importantly, he shared the Antiochene school's insistence on the literal sense of Scripture and their unwillingness to engage in allegorical interpretation. As such, his Genesis homilies constitute a milestone in the history of biblical interpretation. 
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17 F. Cayre; Translator-W. Webster Wilson Spiritual Writers of the Early Church (Twentieth Century Encyclopedia of Catholicism, Volume No. 39)
Hawthorn Books 1959 B000NWKVR2 Hardcover Used - Good Fair 
Ex-library with usual marks. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. . . . . . . . . . 'This is the thirty-ninth volume of The Twentieth Century Encyclopedia of Catholicism. Many of the articles in this encyclopedia are the result of the change in direction in Catholic theological thinking that occurred as a result of Vatican Council II (1962-1965). For the most part these volumes reflect a transition period in the minds of their authors and in the daily experience of the Church. The value in consulting this series today is that we may be able to discern, through comparison to our present situation, where the theologians have succeeded and where they have failed in advancing theological understanding. Each of the contributors has had a career which was lived out in the Catholic Church as it moved from a “pre-conciliar” to a “conciliar” theology. As with any interim literature some contributions were written on the eve of the Council and some after, thus they do not all necessarily reflect the direction in which the Council was headed. The Encyclopedia is an English translation of articles that were written in the authors’ first language, that is, French, Italian or German. For the theologian, scholar, historian, sociologist, or philosopher, the series is an excellent point of departure to investigate the inauguration of the theological mind of Vatican II. To promote interest in the topics of the encyclopedia, I have written a handbook, as I call it, based on the Encyclopedia which identifies at least one important theological perspective from each volume,' -- Allan Savage 
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18 St. Ephrem the Syrian; Translators-Edward G. Mathews, Joseph P. Amar; Editor-Kathleen McVey; Forward-Thoams Halton St. Ephrem the Syrian: Selected Prose Works: Commentary on Genesis / Commentary on Exodus / Homily on Our Lord / Letter to Publius (The Fathers of the Church, Vol. 91)
Catholic Univ of Amer Pr November 1994 0813200911 / 9780813200910 Hardcover Used - Very Good As New 
Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Appears unread. DJ is as new......................... This volume presents for the first time in the Fathers of the Church series the work of an early Christian writer who did not write in either Greek or Latin. It offers new English translations of selected prose works by St. Ephrem the Syrian (c. A.D. 309-373). The volume contains St. Ephrem's Commentary on Genesis, Commentary on Exodus, Homily on Our Lord, and Letter to Publius. The translators have enhanced the volume with a general introduction, extensive bibliography, and specific introductions to each of the works. Together these features provide an overview of the major scholarship on St. Ephrem and Syriac Christianity. St. Ephrem, the 'Harp of the Spirit,' composed prose commentaries and sermons of skillfull charmand grace, in addition to beautiful hymns, during the time he spent teaching at his native Nisibis and at Edessa in Syria. In the two commentaries presented here, Ephrem focuses only on portions of the sacred text that had a particular theological significance for him, or whose orthodox interpretation needed to be reasserted in the face of contemporary heterodox ideas. He does not provide a continuous, verse by verse exposition. The elaborate rhetorical figures and stylistic devices of the Homily on Or Lord andLetter to Publius succeed in creating language and imagery nearly as striking as Ephrem's poetry. St. Ephrem marshaled his considerable theological and rhetorical talent to challenge the appeal that the doctrines of the Arians, Manicheans, Marcionites, and the followers of Bardaisan might have had to the minds and hearts of Syrian Christians. In the face of their rational systems, his was the voice that insisted on the incomprehensibility of the divine nature. 
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19 St. John Chrysostom, Translator-Gus George Christo St. John Chrysostom on Repentance and Almsgiving (The Fathers of the Church, Vol. 96)
Catholic University of America Press November 1997 0813200962 / 9780813200965 Hardcover Used - Very Good As New 
Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Appears unread. DJ is as new......................... St. John Chrysostom delivered nine homilies on repentance in Antioch of Syria sometime between 386 and 387. With conviction and certitude, he preached that repentance was a necessity for both the sinner and the righteous man. This volume presents Chrysostom's homilies on repentance and includes a sermon on almsgiving that he preached in Antioch during the winter months in 387. Chrysostom's work reveals that repentance is an indestructible pillar of the All-Holy, Universal and Immutable Church of Christ. He believed that repentance is the liturgical tool that rejuvenates sinners and admits them into the life-giving Eucharist where they experience fully and dynamically the concrete presence of God. The powers of repentance have rich biblical roots, and Chrysostom masterfully weaves his teaching with a plethora of Old and New Testament citings. From Scripture, the reader learns that repentance is never confined to the eucharistic context--it becomes a way of life for the believer. The daily applications of repentance, such as almsgiving, fasting, remorse over personal sins, humility, prayer, and attending Church, suggest that a person's entire life has an ecclesial character. Chrysostom preached that the whole experience of a true life in Christ is repentance that culminates in metanoia--the total change and renewal from the heart and mind of sin to 'the mind of Christ' (1 Cor. 2:16). In his introduction to the homilies, Fr. Gus Christo includes a succinct biography of Chrysostom within which he sets the homilies in their chronological context. He also provides an overview of repentance and discusses the ecclesiological nature of Chrysostom's theology. Gus George Christo is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, under the spiritual direction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and is currently a pastor of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Lansing, Michigan. He received his B.A. in religious studies from the University of Virginia and his M.A. and Ph.D. in theology from the University of Durham, England. This volume is part of Fr. Christo's ongoing research and translation of the works of early Church Fathers, especially the works of St. John Chrysostom. 'This volume successfully draws readers' attention to the importance of 'repentance' in Greek theology and ecclesiology. It also sheds new light on 'preaching' as an important activity in the life of the Early Church. . . . The precise and concise sketch of the life of Chrysostom in Father Christo's Introduction helps set his sermons in their historical context. . . . This volume is a rich source of spiritual nourishment. Moreover, it is highly recommended for those who are interested in the different ways by which the Church Fathers approached and interpreted the Scripture.'--Koinonia--Princeton Theological Seminary Graduate Forum 
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20 St. Leo the Great; Translators-Jane Patricia Freeland, Agnes Josephine Conway St. Leo the Great: Sermons (The Fathers of the Church, Vol. 93)
Catholic University of America Press May 1996 0813200938 / 9780813200934 Hardcover Used - Very Good As New 
Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Appears unread. DJ is as new.......................... As the vestiges of the Roman political machine began to collapse in the fifth century A.D., the towering figure of Pope St. Leo the Great came into relief amid the rubble. Sustained by an immutable doctrine transcending institutions and cultures, the Church alone emerged from the chaos. Eventually, the Roman heritage became assimilated into Christianity and ceased to have a life of its own. It would be practically impossible to understand this monumental transition from the Roman world to Christendom without taking into account the pivotal role played by Leo the Great. In this regard, his sermons provide invaluable data for the social historian. It was Leo--and not the emperor--who went out to confront Attila the Hun. It was Leo who once averted and on another occasion mitigated the ravages of barbarian incursions. As significant as his contribution was to history, Leo had an even greater impact on theology. When partisans of the monophysite heresy had through various machinations predetermined the outcome of a council held at Chalcedon in 450, Leo immediately denounced it as a latrocinium (robbery) rather than a concilium (council). A year later-- with cries of 'Peter has spoken through Leo!'--the ecumenical Council of Chalcedon, a pillar of Catholic Christianity, adopted in its resounding condemnation of monophysitism the very language formulated by Leo. Pope Leo also developed the most explicit and detailed affirmations known up to that time of the prerogatives enjoyed by successors of St. Peter. Many theological principles find their clearest, and certainly their most eloquent, expression in his sermons. Leo spoke with all the refinement of a Roman orator, less the pagan trappings, and thus epitomized a Christian appropriation of the classical heritage. In the midst of it all, however, Pope St. Leo thought of himself simply as the humble servant of those entrusted to his care. This volume presents the first English translation of the complete Sermons. Sr. Jane Patricia Freeland earned a Ph.D. in medieval studies from Rutgers University. She is retired from her position as headmistress of St. John Baptist School in Mendham, N.J. Sr. Agnes Josephine Conway received her M.A. and Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. She retired from her teaching position at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia in 1993. 
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