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Homilies on the Gospel of John 1-40 (#12 in Works Of Saint Augustine Series)

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This volume of the first 40 homilies are masterpieces not only of theological profundity but also of pastoral engagement.


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This volume of the first 40 homilies are masterpieces not only of theological profundity but also of pastoral engagement.

Few ancient Christian authors attempted anything like a complete commentary on the Gospel of John, among them Origen, John Chrysostom and Augustine. Of these, Augustine's must count as the greatest. Unlike Origen's, it has come down to us in its entirety and of the others that remain it is certainly the most theologically profound. John's gospel allows Augustine to range broadly over themes that were his life's work -- the Trinity, the person of Christ, the nature of the Church and its sacraments, the fulfillment of the divine plan. The 124 homilies that constitute Augustine's commentary, however, are masterpieces not only of theological profundity but also of pastoral engagement. In the question-and-answer style that he frequently employs, for example, one can sense Augustine's real awareness of his congregation's struggles with the gospel text. And the congregation's response to Augustine, which he frequently alludes to, is an indication of the success of his dialogical preaching style. The Johannine literature drew out the best in Augustine. The Homilies on the Gospel of John are the indispensible complement to The Homilies on the First Epistle of John, recently published in this series and they should be a part of any serious theological library.
-Publisher

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  • Catalogue Code 562416
  • Product Code 9781565483187
  • ISBN 1565483189
  • EAN 9781565483187
  • Pages 604
  • Department Academic
  • Category Classic
  • Sub-Category St Augustine
  • Publisher New City Press Pny
  • Publication Date Apr 2009
  • Sales Rank 79402
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 33mm
  • Weight 0.794kg

Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine was born to a Catholic mother and a pagan father on November 13, 354, at Tagasta, near Algiers. He studied Latin literature and later taught rhetoric in Rome and Milan. He originally joined the Manicheans, a religious sect, but grew unhappy with some of their philosophies. He soon turned to Christianity and was baptized in 386. One of Augustine's major goals was a single, unified church. He was ordained a priest in 391 and appointed Bishop of Hippo, in Roman Africa, in 396, His writings and arguments with other sects include the Donatists and the Pelagians. On the Trinity, The City of God, and On Nature and Grace are some of his important writings. Confessions, which is considered his masterpiece, is an autobiographical work that recounts his restless youth and details the spiritual experiences that led him to Christianity. Many of Augustine's ideas, such as those concerning sin and predestination, became integral to the doctrines of the Church. Augustine died on August 28, 430AD.

Allan Fitzgerald (Ed)

Fitzgerald is professor of patristics at the Augustinian Patristic Institute, Rome.

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