Epistolae Plenae, The Correspondence of the Bishops of Hispania with the Bishops of Rome

Third through Seventh Centuries


This monograph offers a full inventory and analysis of all of the extant correspondence between the bishops of Hispania and Rome from the third to the seventh century. No such study has been executed in any language. The study intends to enlighten the reader on how the bishops of Hispania and the Roman pontiffs interacted with each other. Of interest is the development of the Petrine Primacy and how it was applied in many situations where Rome was asked to intervene in Hispania, dealing with issues including the liturgy, creeds, heresy, sacraments, episcopal authority, ecclesiology, papal authority and more.

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Alberto Ferreiro, Ph.D., is a Professor of European History at Seattle Pacific University. He has published over 115 articles in patristics and medieval studies in prestigious journals such as Church History, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Harvard Theological Review, Vigiliae Christianae, Studia monastica, Hagiographica, and Zeitschrift für Antikes und Christentum. Among his 12 books are: Simon Magus in Patristic, Medieval and Early Modern Traditions (Brill, 2005) and The Visigoths in Gaul and Iberia (Update): A Supplemental Bibliography, 2013-2015 (Brill, 2016).
“This is a well informed book, with some innovative observations and offering a healthily critical stance free of methodological and ideological prejudices. It will become a companion for anyone interested in issues such as Priscillianism, the primacy of Rome in the western Church in Late Antiquity, and the importance of the Church in the construction of the Suevic and Gothic kingdoms in Spain in this period." - Luis A. García Moreno, Real Academia de la Historia, Spain
"This is a detailed and independent-minded study of the various theological issues discussed in the surviving papal letters that were sent to recipients in the Iberian Peninsula between the third and seventh centuries. It pays particular attention to the use in them of claims of Petrine primacy and how these developed over the course of this period. In stressing the way in which the popes consistently combined the assertion of their own unique apostolic responsibility with reference to other sources of authority, notably ecumenical councils, this book illuminates the key episodes in the history of relations between the Spanish church and the Papacy in these centuries." - Roger Collins, Honorary Fellow School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, UK
Scholars interested in church councils, the early Church in Hispania, letters, ecclesiology, early papal history, historical theologians, theologians, heresy, sacraments, and the Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical dialogue will find this volume useful.
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