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Ministerium sermonis
Philological, Historical and Theological Studies on Augustine's Sermones ad Populum

G. Partoens, A. Dupont, M. Lamberigts (eds.)
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403 p., 160 x 240 mm, 2009
ISBN: 978-2-503-53192-2
Languages: English, French, German
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The Sermones ad populum are a part of Augustine’s work that, especially in its relation to the rest of the Augustinian corpus, deserves more attention. Frequently studied topics are the transmission of the sermons, the bishop’s homiletic methodology, his use of Scripture and classical rhetoric, his view on the episcopate, his theology of proclamation and his opinions about the cult of the martyrs. Augustine’s sermons also serve as an invaluable source for the study of the North African Church and its liturgical practices at the end of the fourth and the beginning of the fifth century. The dating and the chronology of the sermons have likewise been the object of many publications. As a matter of fact, they are still much debated.

On May 29-31, 2008, the research units History of Church and Theology and Literary Studies: Latin Literature of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven organized an international conference on Augustine’s Sermones ad populum in collaboration with the Scientific Committee of the Series Latina of Corpus Christianorum (Brepols Publishers), the Revue bénédictine (Maredsous) and the Augustinian Historical Institute (Heverlee). The conference was intended to bring together scholars who have recently made important contributions to the study of Augustine’s work in general and his preaching in particular, as well as specialists in the field of Early Christian homiletics.

This volume elaborates the contributions presented during the conference and includes articles by I. Bochet, P.-M. Bogaert, L. De Coninck, R. Dodaro, V.H. Drecoll, H. Drobner, A. Dupont, M. Lamberigts, G. Partoens, E. Rebillard, P. Tombeur, P. Van Geest, H. Van Oort, D. Weber, C. Weidmann, J. Yates.

I Sermones ad populum costituiscono una sezione delle opere di Agostino che merita ad oggi ancora una maggiore, specialmente nei rapporti con le altre opere dell’autore. Gli argomenti più studiati fino ad ora sono la trasmissione dei sermones, il metodo omiletico del vescovo d’Ippona, il suo uso delle Scritture e della retorica classica, la sua visione dell’episcopato, la sua teologia della proclamazione e le sue opinioni sul culto dei martiri. I sermones di Agostino costituiscono inoltre un’inestimabile risorsa per lo studio della Chiesa dell’Africa settentrionale e delle pratiche liturgiche lì in uso tra la fine del IV e l’inizio del V secolo d. C. Anche la cronologia dei sermones, argomento tuttora molto dibattuto, è stato oggetto di molte pubblicazioni.

 Dal 29 al 31 maggio 2008 le unità di ricerca History of Church and Theology e Literary Studies: Latin Literature della Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgio) hanno organizzato un convegno internazionale di studio sui Sermones ad populum di Agostino, in collaborazione con il Comitato Scientifico della Series Latina del Corpus Christianorum (Brepols Publishers), la Revue bénédictine (Maredsous) e l’Augustijns Historisch Instituut (Heverlee). Lo scopo fu quello di riunire studiosi che hanno prodotto recenti contributi di valore negli studi sulle opere di Agostino, e in particolare sui sermones, e altri specialisti dell’omiletica della prima età cristiana. Il volume raccoglie e rielabora i contenuti proposti durante il convegno.

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Theology & Theologians
Western Fathers (c. 160-735)
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin literature
Early Christian & Patristic Latin literature
Chrono II (from Nicaea to Chalcedon (325-451))

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