The second part of Augustine’s sermons, series 151-183 on the New Testament Letters
“(…), this volume is a very valuable contribution to Augustinian scholarship. (…) This will be the edition of reference henceforth, and rightly so.” (Daniel Hadas, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2017.06.34)
« Tous les augustinisants verront avec plaisir ce nouveau fleuron de l’édition de leur grand auteur. Ils bénéficieront de l’introduction générale et des introductions consacrées à chacun des sermons par Shari Boodts. Espérons que, le chantier restant ouvert, de prochains volumes paraîtront sans trop tarder. » (P.-M. Bogaert, dans Revue Bénédictine, 127/1, 2017, p. 200)
“Overall, this volume is a major achievement. The preface demonstrates textual scholarship of the highest order and the individual editions are clearly and consistently presented. The introduction to each text offers a helpful summary of its history and transmission, while the indices of biblical quotations, sources, sermon collections and manuscripts span the entire range of sermons (…) many scholars will benefit from the acquisition of what will now be the first point of reference for these important documents of Augustine’s theological and pastoral concerns. Given the age of the Maurist text which it replaces and the high quality of its production, this edition may be considered an investment to last not just for decades but centuries.” (H. A. G. Houghton, in Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 69, 2018, p. 384)
Shari Boodts is currently Senior Researcher at the Institute for Historical, Literary, and Cultural Studies (HLCS) at Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands).
The series of sermons that forms the subject of this volume, Augustine’s sermones ad populum 157-183, forms the second part of the series 151-183 on the New Testament Letters. The numbering refers to the edition produced by the Benedictines of St-Maur in 1683. Additions to the corpus since then are positioned in the series by adding a letter to the relevant number, i.e. serm. 179A for a text which belongs between serm. 179 and 180. The present corpus contains in total thirty-eight texts. Several of these have quite recently – i.e. in this or the previous century – received a modern critical edition: serm. 162A, 162B, 163, 163A, 163B, 166, 166A, 167A, 169, 176, 179A.
Each edition in this volume is accompanied by a brief individual introduction, which is designed so that every edition can essentially be read and accessed in isolation. The individual introductions offer a status quaestionis on the sermon’s date and location, outline the specific transmission of the sermon in question, discuss (if applicable) the most important indirect sources, and present the principles at the foundation of the critical text. In addition, the volume contains an elaborate separate chapter on the transmission of the De uerbis Apostoli collection.
On 5 December 2017, the present edition was awarded a pontifical medal during the twenty-second joint session of the Academiae Pontificiae in the Vatican.