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Seven Exegetical Works (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 65)

Saint Ambrose

Publication Year: 2010

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Series: The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-6

Select Bibliography

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pp. vi-vii

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pp. viii-9

The translator wishes to express his great indebtedness to two professors of The Catholic University of America, both editors of this series and both deceased in the year 1969, for their assistance and inspiration-Dr. Roy J. Deferrari and Dr....

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General Introduction

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pp. 1-6

THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND EVENTS of the life of Ambrose (339-397), Bishop of Milan, are so well known as not to need extensive repetition here.1 It was mostly in the last decade of the saint's life that the sermons contained in this volume were composed and, for the most part, preached,...

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Isaac, or the Soul (De Isaac vel anima)

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pp. 7-65

WHETHER AMBROSE EVER DELIVERED Isaac, or the Soul as a sermon is uncertain, although the weight of scholarship is in favor of considering it solely a written work.1Likewise uncertain is its date, which can only be set between 386 and 391.2 The influence of Plotinus on the work...

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Death as a Good (De bono mortis)

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pp. 67-113

THE WORK Death as a Good was composed at some point between 387 and 3911 and was certainly intended as a supplement to Isaac.2 Probably intended as two sermons, perhaps for the catechumens awaiting baptism at Easter,3 the work has been described as "pervasively...

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Jacob and the Happy Life (De Iacob et vita beata)

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pp. 115-184

WHILE WE CAN HAVE no absolute assurance of the date of this sermon, the extensive treatment given to Eleazar as an example of endurance under persecution suggests a very possible date of 386,1 when Ambrose and the Church at Milan were offering resistance to the reestablishment...

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Joseph (De Ioseph)

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pp. 185-237

COMPOSED AS A SERMON, Joseph has been variously dated from 387 to 389-390; a date in the autumn of 388 seems probable.1 Ambrose refers in the text to his encounter with Calligonus, grand chamberlain of the Emperor Valentinian II, when the chamberlain attempted to seize a...

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The Patriarchs (De Patriachis)

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pp. 239-275

AMBROSE COMPOSED The Patriarchs as a written commentary rather than a sermon or a treatise developed from a sermon. It has often been joined in the manuscript tradition with Joseph, but existence of an intrinsic relationship between the two works is very doubtful.1 Since...

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Flight from the World (De fuga saeculi)

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pp. 277-323

The work itself is almost as much moral-ascetical as exegetical. As its title indicates, it sounds the theme of the necessity of flight from the world for the Christian. The various changes are rung on this central theme with numerous examples, mostly from the Old Testament--Jacob, Moses,...

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The Prayer of Job and David (De interpellatione Iob et David)

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pp. 325-420

AMBROSE'S SERIES OF SERMONS The Prayer of Job and David1 exhibits considerable uncertainty both as to date and internal arrangement. References to the destruction of the statues of an emperor2 and to an unidentified heretic3 are too general to aid in the dating, but the...


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pp. 421-431

General Index

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pp. 423-450

Index of Holy Scripture

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pp. 451-477

E-ISBN-13: 9780813211657
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813213552

Page Count: 485
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation