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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 Theodore of Mopsuestia; Translator-Robert C. Hill Commentary on the Twelve Prophets (The Fathers of the Church, Vol 108)
Catholic University of America Press March 2004 081320108X / 9780813201085 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. DJ is as new......................... Friend of John Chrysostom and pupil of Diodore of Tarsus, the founder of the method of exegesis practiced in Antioch, Theodore was appointed bishop of Mopsuestia in Cilicia in 392. His pedigree thus seems impeccable, as was his early reputation as a commentator on the Bible, which earned him the sobriquet 'The Interpreter.' More than one modern scholar has been prepared to class Theodore as 'the foremost exponent of Antiochene exegesis.' Yet not long after his death in 428--coincidentally, but significantly, the year Nestorius acceded to the see of Constantinople--Theodore became the object of intemperate criticism by the likes of Cyril of Alexandria for his Christological views. His works were condemned by the fifth ecumenical council of 553, and only the Commentary on the Twelve Prophets, here appearing in English for the first time, survives entirely in Greek. Does Theodore deserve either or both of these extreme assessments? Why did his adversaries allow this one work to survive the flames untouched? Is it because, as has been said in facile repetition, 'it contains nothing of Christological import'? The truth emerging from a reading of the Commentary is that both views are wide of the mark. Theodore does not entertain a Christological interpretation of verse after verse in the manner of his Alexandrian contemporary Didymus, but he situates these twelve prophetic figures from the eighth to the sixth century of Israel's history within an overall Christological perspective. True to his school's accent on historia, however, he prefers to look for a factual basis to their prophecy (a problem in the case of Jonah), is less sensitive to the moving imagery of a Hosea or a Micah than modern readers would appreciate, and is unfamiliar with the genre of apocalyptic, which appears especially in Joel and Zechariah. Theodoret of Cyrus in the decades after Theodore's death had his works open before him as he commented on prophets, just as modern commentators will also appreciate his work. 
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5 Saint Cyril of Alexandria; Translator-Robert C. Hill Commentary on the Twelve Prophets, Volume 3 (The Fathers Of The Chrch, Vol. 124)
The Catholic University of America Press April 2012 0813201241 / 9780813201245 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 final volume in a series of three contains Cyril's commentary on Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Applying his knowledge of ancient Israelite history in his analysis of the immediate context for each of these prophetic books, Cyril believes that Zephaniah was addressed to the residents of Jerusalem in the years preceding the Babylonian Exile, and the other three were addressed to a newly repatriated, post-exilic nation. An emphasis on theodicy is a primary theme of this book. God's love for humankind, says Cyril, is expressed in the many warnings sent through the prophets and in the ample amount of time that God allows for people to repent. When no repentance ensues, God sends harsh but just punishments, employing the brutality of enemy nations as his instruments, yet always doing so with the loving purpose of returning his people to himself. Cyril's focus on the historical details of the Old Testament is matched by his concern for the Church of his own day. Where the prophetic oracles mention the Jewish priesthood, altar, or sacrifices, Cyril takes the opportunity to exhort Christian priests to preserve their moral purity and to fulfill their liturgical duties with devotion. This extrapolation from the ancient to the contemporary, from Israel to the Church, is compatible with the typological interpretation that Cyril utilizes in conjunction with his literal, historical approach. The Temple is a type, or foreshadowing, of the Church, and the sacrificial lamb of the Passover prefigures Christ. Thus Cyril maintains his connection with the Alexandrian tradition of allegorical exegesis while presenting a balanced, multi-faceted interpretation that applies passages from many other parts of the Bible to extract a wealth of meaning from the prophetic books. ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR: Robert C. Hill, a founder and honorary fellow of the Australian Catholic University's Centre for Early Christian Studies, was a distinguished biblical scholar best known for his prodigious talent as a translator of patristic biblical commentaries on the Old Testament. Nearly 30 volumes of his translations have been published, many of them in the Fathers of the Church series, others in the Library of Early Christianity series. In recognition of this work he was awarded the papal cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice by Pope John Paul II. 
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6 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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7 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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8 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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9 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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10 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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11 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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12 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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13 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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14 Saint Ambrose; Translator-Roy J. Deferrari Saint Ambrose: Theological and Dogmatic Works (The Fathers of the Church - Vol 44)
Catholic University of American Press 1963 B0007DRX1Y First Edition Hardcover Collectible - Good No Jacket 
Ex-library with usual marks. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. No DJ...................................................... ,” “The Holy Spirit,” “The Sacrament of the Incarnation of Our Lord,” and “The Sacraments,” including his famous teaching on the transformation of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. 
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15 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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16 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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17 Saint Gregory of Nazianzus; Translator-Martha Vinson Saint Gregory of Nazianzus: Select Homilies and Orations (The Fathers of the Church, Vol 107)
Catholic Univ of Amer Pr October 2003 0813201071 / 9780813201078 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. DJ is as new.................................. This translation makes available nineteen orations by the fourth-century Cappadocian father Gregory of Nazianzus. Most are appearing here in English for the first time. These homilies span all the phases of Gregory's ecclesiastical career, beginning with his service as a parish priest assisting his father, the elder Gregory, in his hometown of Nazianzus in the early 360s, to his stormy tenure as bishop of Constantinople from 379 to 381, to his subsequent return to Nazianzus and role as interim caretaker of his home church (382-83). Composed in a variety of rhetorical formats such as the lalia and encomium, the sermons treat topics that range from the purely theological to the deeply personal. Up until now, Gregory has been known primarily for his contributions as a theologian, indifferent to the social and political concerns that consumed his friend Basil. This view will change. It has been due in large measure to the interests and prejudices of the nineteenth-century editors who excluded the sermons translated here from the Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Church. This new translation will help the English-speaking reader appreciate just how deeply Gregory was engaged in the social and political issues of his day. Exemplifying the perfect synthesis of classical and Christian paideia, these homilies will be required reading for anyone interested in late antiquity. The introduction and notes accompanying the translation will assist both the specialist and the general reader as they seek to navigate the complex environment in which Gregory lived and worked. Martha Vinson is Associate Professor of Byzantine Studies at Indiana University. PRAISE FOR THE BOOK: '[W]ith the appearance of Vinson's volume, for the first time all of the orations have English translations. . . . The works contained in her volume are of great interest.' -- Nonna Verna Harrison, St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly '[M]ost of these sermons appear here for the first time in an English translation. . . . [R]eading them dose not only provide us with information about a crucial period in the history of the church or about the personal struggle of one of the central figures in that period and not only do we get some glimpses of the concerns of a good pastor in troubled times long past: reading them can inspire to self-reflection and commitment so necessary at all times.' -- H. Rikhof, Bijdragen 
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18 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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19 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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20 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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