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The Trinity; The Spectacle; Jewish Foods; In Praise of Purity; Letters

Novatian

Publication Year: 2010

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Cover, Title page, copyright

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pp. i-v

Contents

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p. vii-vii

Select General Bibliography

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p. viii-viii

Abbreviations

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p. ix-ix

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General Introduction

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pp. 1-10

Through his compsitionof The Trinity in the middle of the third century, Novatian has the distinction of beIng the fIrst Roman theologIan to wrIte a theological treatise in Latin and so becomes a pioneer and founder of Roman Latin theology. This is an eminence that to some extent stands ...

The Trinity (De Trinitate)

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Introduction

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pp. 13-22

The preeminence in Roman Latin theology of Novatian's work The Trinity (De Trinitate) may be judged from the relevant patristic writing that preceded it There had been Minucius Felix, who wrote at Rome and in Latin his dialogue, the Octavius, but the ...

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pp. 23-111

The Rule of Truth1 requires that we believe, first in God the Father and almighty Lord, the most perfect Creator of all things. He suspended the heavens above in their lofty height,2 made firm the earth with the heavy mass under ...

The Spectacles (De spectaculis)

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Introduction

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pp. 115-121

As has been stated in the General Introduction Novatian's Spectacles, as well as In Praise of Purity, survived under the name of St. Cyprian . A study of its style and content led towards the end of the nineteenth century to its definitive attribution to ...

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pp. 123-133

It grieves me and sorely troubles my spirit when I have no opportunity of writing to you. It is a loss to me when I cannot speak with you. Likewise, nothing makes me so happy and truly delights me as to have that opportunity again. I feel that I am present ...

Jewish Foods (De cibis ludaicis)

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Introduction

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pp. 137-141

The fathers of the church developed biblical typology and used it against the Gnostics to vindicate the unity of the two Testaments, and, against the Jews, the superiority of the New. Among the writings of the anti-Jewish polemic which are important...

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pp. 143-156

I ardently long, most holy brethren, for the day when I can receive your news and letters and I number it among the happiest and most cherished of days. For now what else is there that can possibly be more pleasing to me? Nevertheless, I do not ...

In Praise of Purity (De bono pudicitiae)

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pp. 159-163

Novatian's work In Praise of Pun'ty (De bono pudicitiae) is revealed in its opening chapter as a pastoral letter, but one written from a distance, since, as in The Spectacles and Jewish Foods, the bishop-author is absent from his flock. His theme is ...

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pp. 165-176

You know very well that, when I was present with you,1 I never neglected any part of my duty. I always endeavor with the Lord's help, especially by my daily explanations of the Gospels, to deepen your faith and knowledge. What else can ...

Letters (Epistulae)

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pp. 179-185

When Pope Fabian died in prison during the Decian persecution (January 20, A.D. 250), Novatian handled the correspondence between Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, and the presbyteral college (presbyterium) of Rome that had assumed direction of the Christian community there until the ...

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pp. 187-204

The man who is conscious of having acted well and relies upon the strength of evangelical discipline and who can testify to himself of his fidelity to the divine law is usually content to have God as his sole judge. He neither seeks the praise of ...

Indices

General Index

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pp. 207-215

Index of Holy Scripture

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pp. 216-223


E-ISBN-13: 9780813211671
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813215464

Page Count: 233
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: The Fathers of the church, a new translation,