Book Series Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia, vol. 63

A catalogue of works pertaining to the explanation of the creed in Carolingian manuscripts

Susan Keefe

  • Pages: 402 p.
  • Size:160 x 240 mm
  • Language(s):English, Latin
  • Publication Year:2012

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-54407-6
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"...this work is a veritable treasure trove of information for scholars interested in Christian instruction in the parishes and missionary fields of the Carolingian world." (Scott G. Bruce, in: The Medieval Review, 13.09.24)

"Le travail de Madame Keefe est tout à fait remarquable et utile; les deux volumes [CC CM 254 et IPM 63] se confortent mutuellement et ils deviendront des outils de référence." (P.-M. Bogaert, dans: Revue bénédictine, 124 (2014), p. 199)

"Complété par les bons usuels, il s'imposera comme un instrument indispensable à quiconque s'intéresse à l'histoire des commentaires sur les symboles de foi et à la pastorale carolingienne." (Warren Pezé, dans: Francia-Recensio, 2013/4) 


The catalogue identifies works used to explain the creed in Carolingian collection volumes compiled for the instruction of the clergy. It includes both edited and unedited works and some recently edited in a companion volume to this one, Explanationes Symboli aeui Carolini (CC CM, 254). The catalogue shows that the teaching of the creedal faith was assembled from snippets of, or whole, patristic works, homilies, personal professions of faith, and works of many other genres. In the past, we have had little concept of the range of works known to those responsible for teaching the faith at the parish and missionary level of the Carolingian world. In this catalogue crucial attention is paid to the contents of the manuscripts as a whole in which the creed explanation is found and how these collection volumes may have functioned. It is hoped that the manuscript descriptions will be of benefit to students and specialists working on other kinds of texts for the education of the clergy.

Dr Susan Keefe is Associate Professor of Church History at Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC.