Preaching in the Patristic Era

Sermons, Preachers, and Audiences in the Latin West


Preaching in the Patristic Era. Sermons, Preachers, Audiences in the Latin West offers a state of the art of the study of the sermons of Latin Patristic authors. Parts I and II of the volume cover general topics, from the transmission of early Christian Latin sermons to iconography, from rhetoric to reflections on the impact of Latin preaching. Part III offers fourteen chapters devoted to Latin preachers such as Augustine, Gregory the Great, Maximus of Turin, and to collections of sermons, such as Arian sermons, preaching in 4th-century Spain, or sermons translated from Greek. By outlining the relevant sources, methodologies, and issues, this volume provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of Latin patristic preaching.
Contributors are Pauline Allen, Lisa Bailey, Andrea Bizzozzero, Shari Boodts, Andrew Cain, Nicolas De Maeyer, François Dolbeau, Jutta Dresken-Weiland, Geoffrey Dunn, Anthony Dupont, Camille Gerzaguet, Bruno Judic, Rémi Gounelle, Johan Leemans, Wendy Mayer, Robert McEachnie, Bronwen Neil, Gert Partoens, Adam Ployd, Eric Rebillard, Maureen Tilley, Sever Voicu, Clemens Weidmann and Liuwe Westra.

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Anthony Dupont is Research Professor of Christian Antiquity at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven. He has published extensively about divine grace and human freedom in the writings of Saint Augustine, in particular in his sermones ad populum. His current focus is on the development of the doctrine of sin and grace in North African theology.
Shari Boodts is Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders, working in the Department of Latin Literature at KU Leuven. She has published a critical edition of Augustine’s Sermones ad Populum 157-183. Her current research focuses on the medieval reception of the Church Fathers.
Gert Partoens is Professor of Latin Literature at the Arts Faculty of KU Leuven. He has published critical editions of several of Augustine’s Sermones ad populum as well as a series of studies dedicated to their complex manuscript transmission. He has also written various articles on the reception of Augustine’s works during the Middle Ages and Early Modern times.
Johan Leemans is Professor of Christianity in Late Antiquity at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven. His main research topics include the Cappadocian Fathers, sermons, martyrdom, historical theology.

Notes on Contributors
General Introduction
Religious Literacy and the Role of Sermons in Late-Antique Christianity
Johan Leemans

1 Preaching and Listening in Latin?: Start Here
Wendy Mayer

Part 1: Text and Context

2 La Transmission de la Prédication Antique de Langue Latine
François Dolbeau
3 Visual Art and Iconography
Jutta Dresken-Weiland

Part 2: Delivering, Listening to and Reading Sermons

4 Sermons, Audience, Preacher
Eric Rebillard
5 Rhetoric in the Patristic Sermons of Late Antiquity
Geoffrey Dunn
6 Impact, Influence, and Identity in Latin Preaching the Cases of Maximus of Turin and Peter Chrysologus of Ravenna
Pauline Allen

Part 3: Latin Patristic Preachers

7 Ambrosius Mediolanensis
Camille Gerzaguet
8 The Arian Sermons (Pseudo-Maximinus)
Rémi Gounelle
9 Augustine of Hippo
Shari Boodts, Anthony Dupont
10 Preaching in Sixth-Century Arles. The Sermons of Bishop Caesarius
Nicolas De Maeyer and Gert Partoens
11 Preaching According to Gregory the Great
Bruno Judic
12 Preaching in Fifth-Century Gaul Valerian of Cimiez and the Eusebius Gallicanus Collection
Lisa Bailey
13 Jerome
Andrew Cain
14 Latin Translations of Greek Homilies
Sever J. Voicu
15 Leo Magnus
Bronwen Neil
16 Maximus of Turin. Two Preachers of the 5th Century
Clemens Weidmann
17 Donatist Sermons
Maureen Tilley
18 Peter Chrysologus
Andrea Bizzozero
19 Christian Preaching in 4th-Century Spain
Liuwe Westra
20 Zeno, Chromatius and Gaudentius Italian Preachers Amid Transition
Robert McEachnie

Attending to the Word: A Concluding Look at Latin Patristic Preaching and a Vision for the Way Forward
Adam Ployd

All interested in Latin patristic preaching and preachers, especially researchers and students looking for a gateway into the field.
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