Preaching after Easter: Mid-Pentecost, Ascension, and Pentecost in Late Antiquity


The studies collected in Preaching after Easter examine the festal history and homiletics of Mid-Pentecost, Ascension, and Pentecost in the late antique Mediterranean world. Articles on individual sermons or the work of individual preachers such as John Chrysostom, Augustine of Hippo, Peter Chrysologus, Leo the Great, and Severus of Antioch exhibit the richness of late antique festal preaching. Questions of authenticity, heresiology, and theological, exegetical, or liturgical history are addressed with methodological rigor. Complementary contributions that deal with ancient Jewish-Christian dialogue, art-historical reception, and contemporary liturgical theology illustrate the wide ramifications of ancient Christian festal practice. Students and scholars of these feasts and the interpretive traditions devoted to them will find this volume to be an indispensable source of information and analysis.

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Richard W. Bishop (Ph.D. 2009) is a post-doctoral fellow at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven (Belgium). His current project is an annotated translation of the extant Greek festal sermons on Ascension and Pentecost from Late Antiquity.

Prof. Dr. Johan Leemans (Ph.D. 2001) is full professor of Christianity in Late Antiquity at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven (Belgium). He has published extensively on late antique sermons and on the theology of the Cappadocian Fathers.

Dr. Hajnalka Tamas (Ph.D. 2014) is a post-doctoral fellow of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and research associate at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven (Belgium). Her research interests include late antique hagiography and asceticism.

Preaching after Easter: Fresh Perspectives on an Understudied Topic
Richard W. Bishop and Johan Leemans

Part 1: Towards a Festal History
1 Pentekoste, Pfingsten und Himmelfahrt
Grunddaten und Fragen zur Frühgeschichte
Harald Buchinger

Part 2: Mid-Pentecost
2 Das Mesopentekoste-Fest
Bezeugung, Charakter, Entstehung
Martin Kaiser

3 Les sermons de Pierre Chrysologue sur la Mi-Pentecôte (LXXXV et LXXXVbis)
Un état de la question
Jean-Marie Auwers

4 Die (pseudo-amphilochianische) Mesopentekoste-Predigt CPG 3236
Martin Kaiser

Part 3: Ascension
5 La fête de l’Ascension à Antioche d’après l’homélie de Jean Chrysostome In Ascensionem Christi
Nathalie Rambault

6 Augustine’s Homiletic Appreciation of the Feast of the Ascension
Preaching on Christological Orthodoxy, Divine Soteriology and the Moral Life Forty Days after Easter (serm. 261–265F)
Anthony Dupont

7 The Authorship, Thematics, and Reception of an Ascension Sermon Attributed to Proclus of Constantinople (CPG 5820)
Richard W. Bishop

Part 4: Pentecost
8 Pentecost and Shavuot – Holy Spirit and Torah
The Quest for Traces of a Dialogue between Jews and Christians about a Shared but Separating Festival
Clemens Leonhard

9 Pentecost Homilies and Late-Antique Christian Exegesis
Martin Meiser

10 The Relative Routine of Preaching
Pneumatomachians in Greek Patristic Sermons on Pentecost
Johan Leemans

11 Pentecost According to Severian of Gabala
Sever J. Voicu

12 Unitas Omnibus Linguis Loquitur 304
An Unidentified Augustinian Sermon on Pentecost
Clemens Weidmann

13 The Pentecost Feast in Sixth-Century Antioch
The Evidence of Patriarch Severus (512–518)
Pauline Allen

14 Ecrire du Chrysostome
L’exemple de l’homélie 2 Sur la Pentecôte (CPG 4343.2)
Nathalie Rambault

15 Pentecost and the Senses
A Hermeneutical Contribution to the Visual Medium and the Sensorium in Early Medieval Manuscript Tradition
Barbara Baert

Part 5: Liturgical Theology: The Example of Leo the Great

16 The Resurrection of the Body in Leo the Great’s Ascension and Pentecost Homilies
Bronwen Neil

17 Paschal Joy Continued
Exploring Leo the Great’s Theology of Christ’s Ascension into Heaven
Joris Geldhof

Part 6: Notes on Three Recently Edited Greek Ascension Sermons
18 Evidence of Authenticity
Severian of Gabala, In ascensionem Domini (CPG 5028)
Sever J. Voicu

19 CPG 4908 In S. Ascensionem Domini Nostri et Salvatoris Iesu Christi
Pauline Allen

20 L’homélie In Ascensionem CPG 4988 et son attribution à Jean Chrysostome
Nathalie Rambault

Index of Modern Authors
Scriptural Index
Index of Sources
This volume is of interest to students and scholars doing research on late antique liturgical history, sermon studies, patristic theology and exegesis, textual criticism and art history.
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