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Pachomian Koininia, vol 1: The life of Saint Pachomius and his disciples
Cistercian Studies Series 45, Cistercian Publications, 1980, pap, 493 pp, € 21.00, 9780879079451
Pachomian Koininia, vol 2: Pachomian Chronicles and Rules
Cistercian Studies Series 46, Cistercian Publications, 1981, pap, 239 pp, € 21.00, 9780879079468
Pachomian Koininia, vol 3: Instruction, Letters, & Other Writings
Cistercian Studies Series 47, Cistercian Publications, 1982, pap, 313 pp, € 29.00, 9780879079475
The Acts of the Council of Chalcedon
In 451 CE the Council of Chalcedon was called to assert the preeminence of orthodox Catholic doctrine against the heresy of men who refused what we now refer to as the Definition of Faith, or the belief in Jesus Christ as both man and divine spirit during his lifetime. The establishment of Council of Chalcedon in 451 marked a defining moment in the Christological controversies that tore apart the church of the Eastern Roman Empire in the fifth and sixth centuries. Theological division, political rivalry and sectarian violence combined to produce what ultimately became separate Chalcedonian and Miaphysite churches, a split that persists to this day. Chalcedon is typically remembered in terms of its doctrinal product, the Definition of Faith. But surprisingly little attention has been devoted to examining the process by which that result was reached, the day-by-day deliberation of the council as revealed in its documentary acts. The Acts of the fifth-century councils offer us a type of source material extremely rare in the ancient world, the verbatim transcripts of a deliberative assembly in operation. The Roman Senate, which met continuously for nearly a thousand years, has left almost no direct record of its proceedings and is known to us mainly from later sources often writing several generations after the events they claim to describe. The church councils show us bishops and imperial officials grappling with issues ranging from high theology to ecclesiastical discipline to episcopal corruption. The Acts offer a unique demonstration of the convergence between the concerns of church leaders and the and imperial court officials of the secular government. This authoritative text fills an important gap in Church History and Ecumenism. It is essential reading for scholars studying this period.
Translated Texts for Historians, vol. 45, Liverpool UP, 2006, geb, 986 pp, € 120.00, 9780853230397
The Lives of the Jura Fathers
Translated, with an Itroduction by T.Vivian, K.Vivian & J.B.Russel
Cistercian Studies Series 178, Cistercian Publications, 1999, pap, 240 pp, € 33.00, 9780879077785
Albert the Great
Questions Concerning Aristotles on Animals
Translated by Resnick I.M. and Kitchell, K.F.
The Fathers of the Church, Mediaeval Continuation Vol. 9, CUA Press, 2008, geb, 575 pp, € 77.50, 9780813215198
Aldhouse- Green, M.
The Quest for the Shaman. Shape-Shifters, Sorcerers, and Spirit-healers of Ancient Europe
Thames & Hudson, 2005, geb, 240 pp, € 26.90, 9780500051344
Alexandria, St. Cyril of
Commentary on the Twelve Prophets, Volume 3
This final volume in a series of three contains Cyril's commentary on Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Applying his knowledge of ancient Israelite history in his analysis of the immediate context for each of these prophetic books, Cyril believes that Zephaniah was addressed to the residents of Jerusalem in the years preceding the Babylonian Exile, and the other three were addressed to a newly repatriated, post-exilic nation.

An emphasis on theodicy is a primary theme of this book. God's love for humankind, says Cyril, is expressed in the many warnings sent through the prophets and in the ample amount of time that God allows for people to repent. When no repentance ensues, God sends harsh but just punishments, employing the brutality of enemy nations as his instruments, yet always doing so with the loving purpose of returning his people to himself.

Cyril's focus on the historical details of the Old Testament is matched by his concern for the Church of his own day. Where the prophetic oracles mention the Jewish priesthood, altar, or sacrifices, Cyril takes the opportunity to exhort Christian priests to preserve their moral purity and to fulfill their liturgical duties with devotion. This extrapolation from the ancient to the contemporary, from Israel to the Church, is compatible with the typological interpretation that Cyril utilizes in conjunction with his literal, historical approach. The Temple is a type, or foreshadowing, of the Church, and the sacrificial lamb of the Passover prefigures Christ. Thus Cyril maintains his connection with the Alexandrian tradition of allegorical exegesis while presenting a balanced, multi-faceted interpretation that applies passages from many other parts of the Bible to extract a wealth of meaning from the prophetic books.

Fathers of the Church Series 124, The Catholic University of America Press, 2012, geb, 336 pp, € 52.00, 9780813201245
Allen, P. & B. Neil (eds)
Maximus the Confessor and his Companions. Documents from Exile.
Oxford Early Christian Texts, Oxford UP, 2003, geb, 210 pg, € 72.90, 0198299915
Allen, P. & C.T.R. Hayward
Severus of Antioch
The Early Church Fathers Series, Routledge, 2004, pap, 200 pp, € 32.50, 9780415234023
Allen, P (ed)
Sophronius of Jerusalem and Seventh-century Heresy: The Synodical Letter and Other Documents
Oxford Early Christian Texts Series, Oxford UP, 2009, geb, 264 pp, € 101.00, 9780199546930
Alwis , Anne P.
Celibate Marriages in Late Antique and Byzantine Hagiography: The Lives of Saints Julian and Basilissa, Andronikos and Athanasia, and Galaktion and Episteme
Celibate Marriages in Late Antique and Byzantine Hagiography explores the puzzling phenomenon of celibate marriage as depicted in the lives of three couples who achieved sainthood. Marriage without intercourse appears to have no purpose, especially in Christian antiquity, yet these three tales were copied for centuries. What messages were they promoting? What did it mean to be a virgin husband and a virgin wife? Including full translations, this volume sets each life in its historical context, and by examining their individual and shared themes, the book shows that the tension raised by pitting marriage against celibacy is constantly debated. It also highlights the ingenuity of Byzantine hagiographers as they attempted to reconcile this curious paradox. This book addresses a gap in late Antique and Byzantine hagiographic studies where primary sources and interpretative material are very rarely presented in the same volume. By providing a variety of contexts to the material a much more comprehensive, revealing and holistic picture of celibate marriage emerges.
Bloomsbury Academic, 2013, pap, 340 pp, € 41.00, 9781472508294
Ambrose (Ambrosius) of Milan
Political Letters and Speeches
Translated by J.H.W.G. Liebeschuetz
Translated texts for historians Series, no. 43, Liverpool UP, 2005, geb, 432 pp, € 67.50, 9780853238294
Ambrosius van Milaan
Zingen met mijn geest en ook met mijn verstand. Uitleg van het evangelie volgens Lucas (Expositio evangelii secundum Lucam)
In de tweede helft van de vierde eeuw bezit Milaan keizerlijke allure in het Romeinse rijk en fungeert de stad als een knooppunt tussen oosterse en westerse culturen. Op 7 december 374 wordt de Romeinse gouverneur Ambrosius (339/40-397) er tot bisschop gewijd. Bijna een kwart eeuw leidt hij daar de katholieke geloofsgemeenschap. De jaren van zijn episcopaat zijn voor de kerk van Milaan en voor het christendom in West-Europa van grote betekenis gebleven, vooral vanwege zijn hymnen en bijbelcommentaren.

De expositio evangelii secundum Lucam vormt een spiegel van Ambrosius' leven en van zijn pastorale taken. Het werk wordt in dit boek voor het eerst als geheel in Nederlandse vertaling aangeboden. Het biedt een aangename kennismaking met de literaire, culturele en wijsgerige bagage van een bisschop uit de vierde eeuw. Boven alles geeft dit werk zicht op Ambrosius als voorganger in christelijk geloven. Niet als een heilige, niet als een kerkleraar, maar als iemand die verslag doet van doorleefde lectuur van de Heilige Schrift. De uitleg van het Lucasevangelie vormt in dit geschrift min of meer de rode draad, al schrijft Ambrosius geen bijbelcommentaar in de traditionele zin van het woord: het werk bestaat uit onderdelen in diverse literaire stijlen die door Ambrosius zelf bijeen zijn gelegd. Op de achtergrond van de expositio spelen duidelijk zijn preken mee. Daaruit blijkt Ambrosius' toeleg om bijbelteksten vanuit verschillende invalshoeken verrassend te laten doorwerken. De bisschop van Milaan wil de geloofsgemeenschap opbouwen en uitbouwen tot het levend lichaam van Christus. Daarin toont hij zich een toegewijd leraar, soms in innige samenspraak met zijn Heer en bij momenten zelfs in lyrische jubel. Dan wordt zijn spreken tot een juichend gezang. Zingen met mijn geest en ook met mijn verstand: een goede raad om oude geloofswoorden nieuwe ruimte te geven.

Vertaling, inleiding en aantekeningen door Peter Eijkenboom, Fried Pijnenborg en Hans van Reisen.

Damon, 2005, geb, 590 pp, € 39.90, 9789055736447
Anatolios, Khaled
This book presents the fundamental elements of Athanasius' response to the central questions of the identity of Jesus and the nature of his relationship with God.

Providing a useful introduction on his life and work, the book focuses on the tumultuous doctrinal controversies of the day in which he was a central figure.

Key selections from his writings, newly translated, have all been chosen with a view to presenting the rationale for Athanasius' fundamental theological positions: the divinity and humanity of Christ, human redemption, the divinity and work of the Holy Spirit, the logic of Christian worship, and the scriptural basis for the doctrinal formulations of the Council of Nicaea.

The Early Church Fathers Series, Routledge, 2004, pap, 293 pp, € 32.50, 9780415202039
Anatolios, Khaled
Athanasius Structure of Thought
In this volume, Khaled Anatolios presents a comprehensive study of Saint Athanasius, one of the most influential figures in the development of Christian doctrine. He analyzes the coherence of Athanasius' theology by relating the various aspects of his doctrine - God, creation, theological anthropology, Christology and redemption, and the life of grace - to a pervasive emphasis on the radical distinction, and simultaneous relation, between God and world. Athanasius: The Coherence of his Thought provides a systematic account of the overall inner logic of the Athanasian vision. It shows how the various aspects of his doctrine are mutually related and in so doing elucidates the complexities both of Athanasian thought and Christian doctrine in general.
Routledge Early Church Monographs, Routledge, 2005, pap, 258 pp, € 34.95, 9780415351744
Ashwin-Siejkowski, P.
Clement of Alexandria: A Project of Christian Perfection
By Order
T&T Clark Theology, T&T Clark, 2008, geb, 258 pp, € 91.95, 9780567032874
Athanasius of Alexandria
The Life of Antony (Antionius). The Coptic Life and the Greek Life
Cistercian Studies Series 102, Cistercian Press, 2003, pap, 290pp, € 34.00, 8790790294
Athanasius van Alexandrie
Antonius. Onsterfelijke icoon van de monnik
Het leven van de belangrijkste woestijnvader, Antonius de Grote (251-356), werd geschreven door Athanasius, bisschop van Alexandrie, voor een groep asceten met wie hij tijdens zijn ballingschap in het Westen kennis maakte. De roeping van de rijke jongeling Antonius om als kluizenaar in de woestijn te gaan leven, de hallucinante bekoringen waar hij twintig jaar lang tegen strijdt, de volgelingen die hij ontvangt om in het monniksleven te worden ingewijd en de diepe geestelijke rust die hem tot Godschouwer en leraar van velen maakt, worden door Athanasius levendig geschilderd. Weinig levensbeschrijvingen hebben kunstenaars, geleerden en monniken zo gefascineerd als deze vita, hier deskundig ingeleid en gepresenteerd in een eigentijdse vertaling.
Damon, 2013, geb, 152 pp, € 26.90, 9789460360626
Athanasius van Alexandrie
De overwinning van het christendom
In de twee traktaten waarvan in dit boek een vertaling wordt geboden Contra Gentes en De incarnatione Verbi is de nog jonge Athanasius aan het woord, die gedurende een groot deel van zijn bewuste leven getuige is geweest van gewelddadigheden tegen de christenen, en die er nu zeker van is dat vervolgingen niet alleen definitief zijn opgehouden, maar die er ook van overtuigd is dat het nog maar een kwestie van tijd is totdat allen, op de onverbeterlijke kwaadwilligen en domoren na, zich tot het christelijke geloof zullen bekeren. Dit alles schrijft hij niet toe aan het voor de christenen gunstige beleid van keizer Constantijn, maar aan de macht van de opgestane Christus.

Athanasius volgt in deze geschriften bewust zijn Alexandrijnse leermeesters, waardoor de verhandelingen ook tot een weerspiegeling van vroegchristelijk geloven en denken worden. De naam van de kerkvader Athanasius, die na zijn benoeming tot bisschop van Alexandrie in 328 de grote voorvechter van het rechtzinnig christelijke geloof zal worden, zal aan deze traktaten vooral in de oosterse kerken een bijzonder gezag geven.

Damon, 2013, geb, 168 pp, € 24.90, 9789460360695
Augusinus, Aurelius
In den Bekenntnissen blickt Augustinus (354-430) auf sein Leben von den Anfangen bis zu seiner Bekehrung zur christlich-asketischen Lebensweise im Jahr 386 zuruck. Hier begegnet er uns nicht als der grosse Kirchenlehrer, sondern als ein Mensch, der sein eigenes Denken und Fragen reflektiert, der seinen Weg zwischen Philosophie, ausseren Verstrickungen und tiefer Religiositat sucht. Augustinus' Leben verlief keineswegs geradlinig, bis er erkannte, dass sein Weg ein anderer sein sollte. In seiner Autobiographie erzahlt Augustinus eindringlich, wie er seinen Weg zu Gott und neu zu sich selbst gefunden hat.

Zeit seines Lebens befand sich Augustinus auf der Suche nach der fundamentalen Wahrheit. Geboren in Nordafrika, wandte er sich, als Sohn eines Heiden und einer Christin, zuerst dem Manichaismus und spater der neuplatonischen Philosophie zu. Schliesslich bekannte sich Augustinus unter dem Einfluss des Ambrosius von Mailand zum katholischen Christentum.

Die Verbindung autobiographischer, philosophischer, religioser Elemente in einer schonungslosen psychologischen Analyse machen die Bekenntnisse zu einem stets aktuellen Werk, das seine Leser zu allen Zeiten angezogen und auch Schriftsteller, von Petrarca bis heute, immer wieder beeindruckt hat.

Aus dem Lateinischen ubersetzt von Joseph Bernhart. Herausgegeben von Jorg Ulrich.

Verlag der Weltreligionen, 2010, geb, 326 pp, € 36.50, 9783458700050
Confessions - a new translation by Sarah Ruden
Sarah Ruden's fresh, dynamic translation of Confessions brings us closer to Augustine's intent than any previous version. It puts a glaring spotlight on the life of one individual to show how all lives have meaning that is universal and eternal.

In this intensely personal narrative, Augustine tells the story of his sinful youth and his conversion to Christianity. He describes his ascent from a humble farm in North Africa to a prestigious post in the Roman Imperial capital of Milan, his struggle against his own overpowering sexuality, his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage, and the recovery of the faith his mother had taught him during his earliest years. Augustine's concerns are often strikingly contemporary, and the confessional mode he invented can be seen everywhere in writing today.

Grounded in her command of Latin as it was written and spoken in the ancient world, Sarah Ruden's translation is a bold departure from its predecessors - and the most historically accurate translation ever. Stylistically beautiful, with no concessions made to suit later theology and ritual, Ruden's rendition will give readers a startling and illuminating new perspective on one of the central texts of Christianity.

Modern Library, 2017, geb, 484 pp, € 29.95, 9780812996562
Augustine, Aurelius (Augustinus)
De Civitate Dei Book V

Edited with an introduction, translation and commentary by P. G. Walsh.

Aris & Phillips Classical Texts, Oxbow Books, 2009, pap, 150 pp, € 29.00, 9780856687938
Augustine, Aurelius (Augustinus) (P.G. Walsch, ed.)
De Civitate Dei Book VI & VII

Edited with an introduction, translation and commentary by P. G. Walsh.

Aris & Phillips Classical Texts, Oxbow Books, 2010, pap, 210 pp, € 33.50, 9780856688799
Augustine, Aurelius, Carolyn J.-B. Hammond (ed. and transl.)
Confessions, Volume I Books 1-8
Aurelius Augustine (354-430 CE), one of the most important figures in the development of western Christianity and philosophy, was the son of a pagan, Patricius of Tagaste, and his Christian wife, Monnica. While studying to become a rhetorician, he plunged into a turmoil of philosophical and psychological doubts, leading him to Manichaeism. In 383 he moved to Rome and then Milan to teach rhetoric. Despite exploring classical philosophical systems, especially skepticism and neoplatonism, his studies of Paul's letters with his friend Alypius, and the preaching of Bishop Ambrose, led in 386 to his momentous conversion from mixed beliefs to Christianity. He soon returned to Tagaste and founded a religious community, and in 395 or 396 became Bishop of Hippo.

Confessions, composed ca. 397, is a spiritual autobiography of Augustine's early life, family, personal and intellectual associations, and explorations of alternative religious and theological viewpoints as he moved toward his conversion. Cast as a prayer addressed to God, though always conscious of its readers, Confessions offers a gripping personal story and a philosophical exploration destined to have broad and lasting impact, all delivered with Augustine's characteristic brilliance as a stylist.

This edition replaces the earlier Loeb Classical Library edition of Confessions by William Watts.

Loeb Classical Library 26, Harvard UP, 2014, geb, 480 pp, € 24.50, 9780674996854
Augustine, William Harmless, s.j. (ed)
Augustine in His Own Words
Catholic University of America Press, 2010, pap, 497 pp, € 39.95, 9780813217437
Augustinus, Aurelius
Aan Simplicianus. Over verschillende kwesties
In dit werk gaat Augustinus in op enkele vragen van zijn oude vriend en geestelijk leidsman Simplicianus. Onder meer over het door Paulus in diens Romeinenbrief opgeworpen thema van genade en uitverkiezing. Een van de meest prangende vragen daarbij is: hoe valt het te begrijpen, laat staan te rechtvaardigen, dat God reeds tevoren, vooraf aan ieder menselijk doen en laten, de ene mens tot eeuwig heil en de andere tot eeuwig onheil heeft voorbestemd? Is dat niet louter willekeur?

De wijze waarop Augustinus deze thematiek belicht en uitwerkt is van een logische scherpte en een theologische draagwijdte welke haar weerga in het tijdvak van de Vroege Kerk niet kent. Vijftien jaar voor het begin van zijn controverse met Pelagius heeft hij met dit geschrift zijn kerkelijk aanvaarde leer van de genade al in hoofdlijnen geschetst.

Ingeleid door Paul van Geest en vertaald door Izak Wisse

Klement, 2013, geb, 150 pp, € 22.95, 9789086871087
Augustinus, Aurelius
Als Augustinus een paar jaar bisschop van Hippo Regius in Noord-Afrika is, schrijft hij in grote openheid over zijn persoonlijke geloofsgeschiedenis een boek dat getuigt van diep inzicht en grote literaire kwaliteit. Hij laat zich kennen als een zoekende mens en gelovige. In de Belijdenissen roept hij zijn lezers op om zich te bezinnen op fundamentele waarden van de christelijke traditie.
Wanneer Augustinus zijn Belijdenissen schrijft, leest hij als het ware zijn eigen leven. Daarin is veel autobiografisch materiaal te vinden, maar er is meer. Het gaat hem in dit werk om te begrijpen wie God voor hem is en hoe deze God door alle ervaringen heen bezig was hem te scheppen naar zijn beeld en gelijkenis (Gn 1,26). In die woorden uit het scheppingsverhaal legt Augustinus de dynamiek van Gods roepen en van zijn eigen antwoord daarop. Daarom vragen de Belijdenissen er eigenlijk om dat je bij het lezen ook jezelf in het geding brengt en je eigen leven wilt leren zien in dat licht van God. Anders zou je Augustinus verkeerd begrijpen.

In de twintigste eeuw is het werk minstens vijfmaal in het Nederlands vertaald en in minstens 21 uitgaven aangeboden. Toch werd na bijna een halve eeuw de tijd rijp bevonden voor een volledig nieuwe Nederlandse vertaling. Wim Sleddens heeft met veel zorg het vaak moeilijke Latijn van Augustinus zoveel mogelijk in helder en eenvoudig Nederlands kunnen omzetten.
Damon, 2009, geb, 352 pp, € 39.90, 9789055739158
Augustinus, Aurelius
De Geest en de letter / De Spiritu et Littera
Nederlandse vertaling en Latijnse tekst.

Augustinus (354-430) kreeg tijdens zijn lange leven als priester en bisschop van de Noord-Afrikaanse havenstad Hippo meer dan eens te maken met afwijkende standpunten en ketterse stromingen als het manicheisme, het donatisme en het pelagianisme. Met het werk De Spiritu et littera uit 412 trachtte hij een steentje bij te dragen aan de oplossing van de zogenaamde pelagiaanse controverse in de jonge kerk.

Ingeleid, vertaald en geannoteerd door Joost van Neer, Anke Tigchelaar en Izak Wisse.

Agora, 2002, geb, 206 pp, € 26.00, 9789039108437
Augustinus, Aurelius
Stratenmakers en brugwachters, Preken over heiligen 2 (Sermones de sanctis 299D-335M)
Bijna veertig jaar lang heeft Augustinus (354-430) in het Noord-Afrikaanse Hippo Regius de geloofsgemeenschap als predikant gediend. Van heinde en verre kwamen mensen naar deze havenstad om zelf de woorden van de befaamde bisschop te beluisteren of zijn preken in opdracht van anderen op te tekenen. Zo zijn ongeveer zeshonderd preken van hem bewaard. Ze sprankelen van levend geloof, diepe wijsheid en pastorale zorg.

Voor deze bundel werden preken uitgekozen van de sermones de sanctis. In deze groep preken staan heiligen centraal. Dit boek bevat de vertaling van 69 preken over heiligen. In de eerste reeks (299D-324) staan meestal mensen centraal van wie de gedachtenis werd gevierd tussen 1 juli en 31 december. Van sommigen wordt tegenwoordig nog steeds op dezelfde dag van het jaar als toen de naam in ere gehouden. In het tweede gedeelte (325-335M) gaat het vooral om heiligen van wie historisch (vrijwel) niets bekend is. Van verreweg de meeste preken verschijnt in dit boek de eerste Nederlandse vertaling; van twee preken werden de Latijnse teksten pas in de afgelopen decennia teruggevonden.

Heiligenfeesten zijn volgens Augustinus ingesteld om christenen aan te sporen de martelaren van Christus na te volgen. Daartoe hebben zij voor ons een weg aangelegd. Als stratenmakers hebben zij die met stenen platen geplaveid, zodat wij daar veilig overheen kunnen wandelen (s. 325,1). De bisschop van Hippo Regius beziet heiligen ook als brugwachters: door hun martelaarschap zijn zij in zekere zin een brug overgestoken. Na hun oversteek kijken zij toe en helpen ieder ander van goede wil bij een veilige oversteek (s. 318,3). Al is Augustinus niet als martelaar gestorven, zijn preken getuigen ervan dat hij voor luisteraars en lezers een uitmuntende stratenmaker en brugwachter kan zijn voor onze pelgrimstocht naar God.

Damon, 2014, geb, 466 pp, € 46.90, 9789460361685
Augustinus, Aurelius
Wijsheid van leerlingen: Preken over teksten uit de handelingen van de Apostelen (Sermones de scripturis 148-150 )
Dit boekje bevat drie preken waarin een voorgelezen tekst behandeld wordt uit het bijbelboek Handelingen van de Apostelen. Door hun onderlinge verschillen laten de teksten uiteenlopende aspecten zien van Augustinus als predikant en zielzorger. Naast de Nederlandse vertaling is ook de originele tekst opgenomen. Daardoor kan deze uitgave ook worden gebruikt in het voortgezet of hoger onderwijs. Dat zou Augustinus veel plezier doen. Hij was namelijk een uitstekend leraar, die populair was bij de vele mensen die in Hippo naar hem kwamen luisteren.

Augustinus achtte zijn publiek hoog. Hij was ervan overtuigd dat wie openstaat voor wat een ander zegt en zich inspant een ander te begrijpen ook zelf vervuld is van kostbare wijsheid. Daarom kreeg deze vertaling de titel Wijsheid van leerlingen mee. Daarmee wordt vooral verwezen naar de wijsheid van Petrus en Paulus, de centrale figuren in het bijbelboek Handelingen. Maar de titel verwijst ook naar Augustinus zelf:hij voelde zich niet alleen leraar maar ook altijd leerling.

Bezorgd, ingeleid en van aantekeningen voorzien door Joke Gehlen-Springorum, Vincent Hunnink,Hans van Reisen en Annemarie Six- Wienen

Damon, 2007, geb, 103 pp, € 14.90, 9789055738199
Aurelius, A.
Geef mij te drinken. Verhandelingen 1-23 over het Johannesevangelie (In Iohannis euangelum tractatus)
"De evangelist Johannes vliegt als een adelaar hoger dan anderen, laat de duisternis van de aarde verder onder zich en aanschouwt het licht van de waarheid met scherpere ogen," aldus Augustinus (354-430) aan het begin van een van zijn verhandelingen in deze bundel. Die beschrijving laat ons zijn hoogachting zien voor de schrijver van het vierde evangelie. De bisschop van het Noord-Afrikaanse Hippo Regius had voor dit evangelie dan ook een bijzondere belangstelling.

Het literaire resultaat van die persoonlijke interesse is terug te vinden in de 124 verhandelingen over het Johannesevangelie. Daarin wordt de evangelietekst vers-voor-vers overdacht en toegelicht. Augustinus is de enige in de vroegchristelijke Latijnse wereld van wie zo'n commentaar op het volledige Johannesevangelie bewaard is. Zijn beschouwingen bij de evangelietekst kan men op hun beurt ook opvatten als die van een adelaar: Augustinus heeft een scherp oog voor details in het evangelie, die hij vaak een verrassende plaats geeft in zijn uitleg zonder dat hij de grote lijn uit het oog verliest.

In deze bundel zijn de eerste 23 verhandelingen opgenomen. Ze zijn oorspronkelijk als preek gehouden en vormen bij elkaar een aaneengesloten toelichting op de eerste vijf hoofdstukken van het Johannesevangelie. De meeste preken zijn kort na elkaar gehouden. Daardoor geven ze een nauwkeurig en kleurrijk beeld van Augustinus als predikant en pastor. Dit boek biedt van deze preken de eerste volledige Nederlandse vertaling.

Damon, 2010, geb, 480p, € 49.90, 9789055739745
Aurelius, A.
Liegen en Leugens [ De medacio & Contra mendacium ]
Damon, 2010, geb, 173 pp, € 18.90, 9789055739813
Ayres, L.
Augustine and the Trinity
Cambridge UP, 2010, geb, 360 pp, € 66.99, 9780521838863
Ayres, L.
Nicaea and its Legacy. An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology
Oxford UP, 2006, pap, 475 pp, € 42.00, 9780198755050
Banner, William Augustus
The Path of St. Augustine
The Path of Saint Augustine explains and defends St. Augustine's moral philosophy and examines his view of good and evil in human life. Avoiding the partisan debates on Augustinism, Banner gives his full attention to the examination of primary texts. He presents St. Augustine in the context of his own time and as relevant to today's debates on community and social responsibility. This important and insightful book will be of interest to theologians, philosophers, and political theorists.
Rowman & Littlefield, 1996, pap, 107 pp, € 22.50, 9780847682928
Bardill, J.
Constantine. Divine Emperor of the Christian Golden Age.
Constantine, Divine Emperor of the Christian Golden Age offers a radical reassessment of Constantine as an emperor, a pagan and a Christian. The book examines in detail a wide variety of evidence, including literature, secular and religious architectural monuments, coins, sculpture and other works of art. Setting the emperor in the context of the kings and emperors who preceded him, Jonathan Bardill shows how Constantine's propagandists exploited the traditional themes and imagery of rulership to portray him as having been elected by the supreme solar God to save his people and inaugurate a brilliant golden age. The author argues that the cultivation of this image made it possible for Constantine to reconcile the long-standing tradition of imperial divinity with his monotheistic faith by assimilating himself to Christ.
Cambrdige UP, 2012, geb, 440 pp, € 87.90, 9780521764230
Barnes, Timothy .D.
Athanasius and Constantius. Theology and Politics in the Constantine Empire
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Edward Gibbon described Athanasius as a man "whose character and abilities would have qualified him, far more than the degenerate sons of Constantine, for the government of a great monarchy". During his long tenure of the see from 328 to 373, the Bishop of Alexandria came into conflict with four Roman emperors - Constantine himself, his son Constantius, Julian the Apostate, and the "Arian" Valens.

In this reconstruction of Athanasius's career, Timothy Barnes analyzes the nature and extent of the Bishop's power, especially as it intersected with the policies of these emperors. The life and writings of this combative figure - so central to the political struggles, theological controversies, and ecclesiastic developments of the fourth century - constitute an important chapter in the history of the early Christian church and the late Roman Empire.

Barnes focuses on Athansius's long struggle with Constantius, who ruled the East from 337 to 361, a struggle amply documented in the works that Athanasius composed to defend himself against charges of treason and murder. Repeatedly condemned and deposed by church councils, the Bishop persistently resurfaced as a player to contend with in ecclesiastic and imperial politics.

Barnes's work reveals that Athanasius's writings, though a significant source for this period, are riddled with deliberate misrepresentations, which historians through the ages have uncritically accepted. Untangling longstanding misconceptions, Barnes aims to reveal the Bishop's true role in the struggles within Christianity, and in the relations between the emperor and the church at a critical juncture. As this book strives to demonstrate, religious policy and ecclesiastic politics were a constant and central concern to the emperors of the fourth century - despite their absence from many historical accounts.

Harvard UP, 1993, pap, 343 pp, € 25.00, 9780674005495
Barney, S. A., W. J. Lewis, J. A. Beach, O. Berghof (transl., with introduction and notes)
The Etymologies of Isidore of Seville
Cambridge UP, 2010, pap, 476 pp, € 37.50, 9780521145916
Barsanuphius & John
Letters from the Desert. A Selection of Questions and Responses
Popular Patristics Series, SVS Press, 2003, pap, 212pp, € 27.50, 9780881412543
Basil of Caesarea, St.
Against Eunomius
translated by Mark DelCogliano and Andrew Radde-Gallwitz
The Fathers of the Church, vol 122, Catholic University of America / CUA Press, 2011, geb, 207 pp, € 41.50, 9780813201221
Bathrellos, D.
The Byzantine Christ. Person, Nature, and Will in the Christology of St Maximus the Confessor
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2004, geb, 228 pp, € 74.50, 0199258643 / 978 0199258642
Beckwith, C.L.
Hilary of Pontiers on the Trinity
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford, 2008, geb, 230 pp, € 72.90, 9780199551644
The Venerable Bede On Ezra and Nehemia
Translated Texts for Historians Series, no. 47, Liverpool UP, 2006, pap, 260 pp, € 31.75, 1846310016 / 9781846310010
Bede, Venerable
The Abbreviated Psalter of the Venerable Bede.
translation G. Browne
Eerdmans, 2002, geb, 92 pp, € 24.60, 0202839796
BeDuhn, J. D.
Augustines Manichaean Dilemma. 1: Conversion and Apostasy, 373-388 C.E.
Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion, Pennsylvania UP, 2010, geb, 402 pp, € 62.00, 9780812242102
Beeley, C.A.
Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God: In Your Light We Shall See Light
Oxford Studies in Historical Theology, Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 395 pp, € 39.50, 9780195313970
Beeley, C.A.
The Unity of Christ. Continuity and Conflict in Patristic Tradition
No period of history was more formative for the development of Christianity than the patristic age, when church leaders, monks, and laity established the standard features of Christianity as we know it today. Combining historical and theological analysis, Christopher Beeley presents a detailed and far-reaching account of how key theologians and church councils understood the most central element of their faith, the identity and significance of Jesus Christ.

Focusing particularly on the question of how Christ can be both human and divine and reassessing both officially orthodox and heretical figures, Beeley traces how an authoritative theological tradition was constructed. His book holds major implications for contemporary theology, church history, and ecumenical discussions, and it is bound to revolutionize the way in which patristic tradition is understood.

Yale UP, 2012, geb, 319 pp, € 48.50, 9780300178623
Behr, J.
The Case Against Diodore and Theodore. Texts and their Contexts
The first complete collection of the remaining excerpts from the writings of Diodore of Tarsus and Theodore of Mopsuestia together with a ground-breaking study of the controversy regarding the person of Christ that raged from the fourth to the sixth century, and which still divides the Christian Church. Destroyed after their condemnation, all that remains of the dogmatic writings of Diodore and Theodore are the passages quoted by their supporters and opponents. John Behr brings together all these excerpts, from the time of Theodore's death until his condemnation at the Second Council of Constantinople (553) - including newly-edited Syriac texts (from florilegium in Cod. Add. 12156, and the fragmentary remains of Theodore's On the Incarnation in Cod. Add. 14669) - and examines their interrelationship, to determine who was borrowing from whom, locating the source of the polemic with Cyril of Alexandria.

On the basis of this textual work, Behr presents a historical and theological analysis that completely revises the picture of these 'Antiochenes' and the controversy regarding them. Twentieth-century scholarship often found these two 'Antiochenes' sympathetic characters for their aversion to allegory and their concern for the 'historical Jesus', and regarded their condemnation as an unfortunate incident motivated by desire for retaliation amidst 'Neo-Chalcedonian' advances in Christology. This study shows how, grounded in the ecclesial and theological strife that had already beset Antioch for over a century, Diodore and Theodore, in opposition to Julian the Apostate and Apollinarius, were led to separate the New Testament from the Old and 'the man' from the Word of God, resulting in a very limited understanding of Incarnation and circumscribing the importance of the Passion.

Oxford Early Christian Texts, Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 526 pp, € 189.50, 9780199569878
Behr, J.
The Formation of Christian Theology. Volume 1 The Way to Nicaea
By Order
St Vladimir s Seminary Press, 2001, pap, 261 pp, € 22.95, 0881412244 / 9780881412246
Bell, D.N.
A Cloud of Witnesses. An Introduction to the Development of Chrtistian Doctrine to AD 500
Cistercian Studies Series 2218, Cistercian Publications, 2007, pap, 235 pp, € 22.75, 9780879072186
Benedict, Saint, Abbot of Monte Cassino
The Rule of Saint Benedict
Penguin Classics, Penguin, 2008, pap, 118 pp, € 15.95, 9780140449969
Benedict, St.
The Rule of St Benedict
Ed. by T. Fry, O.S.B.
Vintage Spiritual Classics, Vintage, 1981, pap, 75 pp, € 12.60, 037570017x
Benedictus van Nursia
Regel. Richtsnoer voor monastiek leven
Er bestaat geen monastiek geschrift in het Latijnse Westen dat zo richtinggevend is als de 'Regel' voor monniken van Benedictus van Nursia (ca. 480-550). De schrijver is ons bekend vanuit de 'Dialogen' van paus Gregorius de Grote (ca. 540-604), waar Benedictus uitgebreid geportretteerd wordt in het tweede Boek. In zijn 'Regel' schetst Benedictus een uiterst evenwichtige synthese tussen het vroeg-Egyptische kluizenaarsideaal en het koinoniagemeenschapsmonnikendom van Basilius en Augustinus. Eeuwenlang, tot op de dag van vandaag, brengt de 'Regel' van Benedictus leiding en structuur aan in monnikenkloosters over heel de wereld. Recentelijk wordt hij ook in toenemende mate ontdekt en toegepast door leken in hun religieus, maatschappelijk of bedrijfsmatig functioneren. In een sprankelende vertaling en vakkundig toegelicht wordt de 'Regel' van Benedictus nu nieuw uitgegeven in de serie 'Middeleeuwse Monastieke Teksten.'
Middeleeuwse Monastieke Teksten, Damon, 2014, geb, 176 pp, € 27.90, 9789460360602
Benedictus van Nursia (P. Lateur - vert)
De regel van Benedictus. Vertaling met Latijnse brontekst
Tweetalige uigave. Vertaling Patrick Lateur, met commentaar van br. Benoit Standaert, osb, en Wil Derkse.
De eerste kloosters in West-Europa dateren uit de late oudheid. Ze werden gesticht naar het voorbeeld van de al veel oudere kloosters in Palestina, Syrie en vooral Egypte. Als de belangrijkste stichter en vader van het westers monnikendom geldt Benedictus van Nurcia (ca. 480-550).
Voor het dagelijks leven in zijn kloosters schreef Benedictus een Regel. Deze tekst, na de bijbel vermoedelijk het meest gelezen boek uit de Middeleeuwen, berustte op oudere modellen, maar bezit een heel eigen karakter. Waar in de oude kloosterregels de nadruk lag op discipline en ascese, is Benedictus opmerkelijk mild van toon. Het menselijk karakter maakt de regel tot meer dan het historisch belangwekkend document dat het is.
Lannoo, 2010/2015, geb, 208 pp, € 24.99, 9789401427883
Benedictus XVI ( Ratzinger, J.), (ed. Lienhard, J.T)
The Fathers of the Church; from Clement of Rome to Augustine of Hippo
At his Wednesday audiences during 2007 and 2008 Pope Benedict XVI gave a series of short talks on the Fathers of the Church. He devoted himself not only to such famous and influential Fathers as Augustine and John Chrysostom but also to figures not venerated as saints; one subject, Tertullian, even died outside the Catholic communion. This volume contains thirty-six of these inspirational teachings. / In these catecheses the Pope is not delivering academic lectures or preaching sermons. Rather, he is instructing Christian believers who want to have their faith confirmed and strengthened. Pope Benedict firmly believes that the Fathers of the Church still speak powerfully today, and his accessible presentations will make many readers eager to look further into the writings of these great early Christians.
Eerdmans, 2009, pap, 179pp, € 15.50, 9780802864598
Berg, B. van den (red.)
Tijdschrift Lampas, 43e jaargang, nummer 4, december 2010. Augustinus en Onderwijs
Uitgeverij Verloren, 2010, pap, 433 pp, € 11.00, 9789087042004
Bitel, L. M.
Landscape With Two Saints. How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbaric Europe
Oxford University Press, 2009, geb, 299 pp, € 30.00, 9780195336528
Bitton-Ashkelony, B.
Encountering the Sacred. The Debate on Christian Pilgrimage in Late Antiquity
The Transformation of the Classical Heritage Series, California UP, 2005, geb, 250 pp, € 49.90, 9780520241916
Blans, Bert
De ontdekking van het innerlijk, de actualiteit van Augustinus
Annalen van het Thijmgenootschap, 100, Valkhof Pers, 2012, pap, € 13.50, 9789056253738
Bolwers, P.M., A.R. Christman, D.G. Hunter & R.D. Young (eds)
In Dominico Eloquio - In Lordly Eloquence. Essays on Patristic Exegesis in Honor of Robert Lous Wilken
Eerdmans, 2002, geb, 438 pp, € 58.15, 0802838820
Bonner, G.
Freedom and Necessity. St. Augustine’s Teaching on Divine Power and Human Freedom
Catholic University of America, 2007, pap, 142 pp, € 29.25, 978013214740
Boom, Wessel H. ten
Profetisch tegoed. De Joden in Augustinus' De Civitate Dei.
van euro 29,90 voor euro 14,50

Over de kerkvader Augustinus (354-430) zijn boekenkasten volgeschreven. Levend aan de Afrikaanse kust, volop puttend uit de bronnen van de klassieke cultuur en tegelijk al staand op de drempel van de Middeleeuwen, geldt hij als een van de grondleggers van het Westerse denken en met name de Westerse theologie.

Welke plaats valt de joden in dit denken van Augustinus toe? In zijn proefschrift Profetisch tegoed onderzoekt Wessel ten Boom de rol en betekenis van de joden in wat algemeen wordt gezien als het hoofdwerk van Augustinus: het boek De Civitate Dei, waaraan Augustinus vijftien jaar van zijn leven werkte. Het mag opvallend heten dat juist dit boek met zijn centrale betekenis (dat zelfs, zo wil het verhaal, onder het kussen lag van Karel de Grote!), wat betreft de joden nog nauwelijks onderzocht is. De uitkomst van dit onderzoek mag verrassend heten voor wie het beeld heeft dat alle vroeg-christelijke auteurs min of meer anti-semiet waren. Zo blijkt dat de joden binnen het eschatologisch-historisch raamwerk van Augustinus een onvervangbare rol spelen als levende getuigen van Christus en binnen zijn neoplatoonse denkkaders een onmisbare plaats innemen. Een conclusie die vraagt om bijstelling van het heersende Augustinusbeeld.

Met dit boek, waarin zowel de expliciet 'Augustijnse' thema's als tijd en eeuwigheid, predestinatie en bekering, en Rome-kritiek, als ook de meer algemene thema's van de verwerping van de Joden en de geestelijke lezing van de Schrift, op een genuanceerde wijze aan bod komen, wil de schrijver een verdere stimulans bieden voor het onderzoek naar het spreken van de kerk over Israel in het algemeen, en dat van Augustinus in het bijzonder. Met name de excursen naar andere geschriften van Augustinus als ook het algehele overzicht van het onderzoek naar'Augustinus en de Joden', zorgen er voor dat de lezer hierbij niet alleen zicht krijgt op de actuele stand van zaken, maar ook wordt binnengevoerd in de fascinerende denkwereld van een van de grootste theologen aller tijden.

Kok, 2002, pap, 355 pp, € 14.50, 9789043505918
Boom, Wessel H. ten
Provocatie. Augustinus' preek tegen de joden
Tegen het einde van zijn leven schreef de kerkvader Augustinus (354-430) een preek die bekend is geworden onder de titel Tractatus adversus Judaeos. Een preek dus tegen de Joden. Deze preek heeft een belangrijke rol gespeeld bij de totstandkoming van het beeld van Augustinus als een fervent anti-Joods theoloog. Wessel ten Boom doet een uitgebreid onderzoek naar deze preek. Hij biedt een vertaling, maakt een nauwkeurige analyse, vergelijkt Augustinus' spreken over de Joden met dat van andere vroeg christelijke auteurs en verheldert dit spreken door het te betrekken op enkele hoofdlijnen van Augustinus' denken. Langzamerhand wordt duidelijk, dat we te maken hebben met een zeer bewogen preek waarin menig bitter woord over de Joden klinkt, maar waarin de gemeente voor alles wordt opgeroepen om de Joden niet meer als verre vreemden, als de 'ander', te hekelen maar hen als haar naasten lief te hebben. Een conclusie die opvallend haaks staat op die van bijna alle eerdere onderzoekers.

Het is hiermee voor het eerst dat Augustinus' preek tegen de Joden in een Nederlandse vertaling verschijnt. Dr. W.H. ten Boom is als predikant verbonden aan de Protestantse Gemeente in Arnhem. In 1997 verscheen van zijn hand Alleen God kan spreken, een inleiding op het werk van Friedrich-Wilhelm Marquardt. In 2002 promoveerde hij op Profetisch tegoed. De Joden in Augustinus' De Civitate Dei.

Kok, 2006, pap, 408 pp, € 32.50, 9789043512619
Bouwman, Catharina Helena Maria (Kitty)
Mater Sapientia, de mystagogische functie van het moederschap van God en het geestelijke moederschap bij Augustinus
In de werken van Augustinus (354-430) komen veel moederbeelden voor. Deze studie werpt een nieuw licht op de betekenis van vrouwelijke beelden in zijn werk, en reconstrueert de verhouding tussen Augustinus en zijn moeder Monnica. Tevens belicht ze het moederschap van de levensgezellin van Augustinus, die de moeder was van zijn zoon.
Zowel het geestelijke moederschap als het moederschap van God blijken sleutelbegrippen te zijn in de visie van Augustinus op het mystagogisch proces, waarin de mens wordt ingevoerd in het geheim van God. Langs die weg wordt zichtbaar hoe belangrijk de wijsheidstheologie voor Augustinus was. Daarin treedt Mater Sapientia (Moeder Wijsheid) op de voorgrond en is Jezus haar gezant. Deze theologische benadering is ondergesneeuwd in de hoofdstroom van de christelijke traditie die het goddelijke moederschap vereenzelvigt met Maria.

Kitty Bouwman (1957) doceert de studie van de spiritualiteit, werkt als geestelijk begeleidster en is hoofdredacteur van Herademing, oecumenisch tijdschrift voor mystiek en spiritualiteit. Zij schreef dit proefschrift als buitenpromovenda aan de Universiteit van Utrecht.

Skandalon, 2015, pap, 550 pp, € 39.95, 9789492183071
Bradshaw, Paul F., Maxwell E. Johnson
The Apostolic Tradition: A Commentary
"The anonymous early church order that became known as the Apostolic Tradition and conventionally attributed to Hippolytus of Rome has generated enormous scholarly discussion since its discovery in the nineteenth century. Surprisingly, however, there has never before been a comprehensive commentary on it such as there is for other patristic works. We have here attempted to remedy this defect, and at the same time we have offered the first full synoptic presentation in English of the various witnesses to its text. We have also taken the opportunity to develop our argument that it is neither the work of Hippolytus nor of any other individual. Instead, we believe that it is a composite document made up of a number of layers and strands of diverse provenance and compiled over a period of time, and therefore not representing the practice of any one Christian community." -from the Preface

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Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible, Fortress Press, 2002, geb, 282 pp, € 46.00, 9780800660468
Brakke, D.
Demons and the Making of the Monk. Spiritual Combat in Early Christianity
Harvard UP, 2006, geb, 308 pp, € 53.00, 9780674018754
Brent, A.
Cyprian and Roman Carthage
Cambridge UP, 2010, geb, 365 pp, € 79.00, 9780521515474
Brent, A.
Ignatius of Antioch. A Martyr Bishop and the Origin of Monarchial Episcopacy.
T&T Clark, 2009, pap, 180 pp, € 24.50, 9780567222640
Brent, A.
Ignatius of Antioch. A Martyr Bishop and the Origin of Monarchial Episcopacy.
Continuum, 2007, geb, 176 pp, € 45.00, 9780567032003
Briggman, A.
Irenaeus of Lyons and the Theology of the Holy Spirit
Irenaeus' theology of the Holy Spirit is often highly regarded amongst theologians today, but that regard is not universal, nor has an adequate volume of literature supported it. This study provides a detailed examination of certain principal, often distinctive, aspects of Irenaeus' pneumatology.

In contrast to those who have suggested Irenaeus held a weak conception of the person and work of the Holy Spirit, Anthony Briggman demonstrates that Irenaeus combined Second Temple Jewish traditions of the spirit with New Testament theology to produce the most complex Jewish-Christian pneumatology of the early church. In so doing, Irenaeus moved beyond his contemporaries by being the first author, following the New Testament writings, to construct a theological account in which binitarian logic did not diminish either the identity or activity of the Holy Spirit. That is to say, he was the first to support his Trinitarian convictions by means of Trinitarian logic.

Briggman advances the narrative that locates early Christian pneumatologies in the context of Jewish traditions regarding the spirit. In particular, he argues that the appropriation and repudiation of Second Temple Jewish forms of thought explain three moments in the development of Christian theology.

The Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 247 pp, € 87.90, 9780199641536
Bright, P.
The Book of Rules of Tyconius. Its Purpose and Inner Logic
Irenaeus' theology of the Holy Spirit is often highly regarded amongst theologians today, but that regard is not universal, nor has an adequate volume of literature supported it. This study provides a detailed examination of certain principal, often distinctive, aspects of Irenaeus' pneumatology. In contrast to those who have suggested Irenaeus held a weak conception of the person and work of the Holy Spirit, Anthony Briggman demonstrates that Irenaeus combined Second Temple Jewish traditions of the spirit with New Testament theology to produce the most complex Jewish-Christian pneumatology of the early church. In so doing, Irenaeus moved beyond his contemporaries by being the first author, following the New Testament writings, to construct a theological account in which binitarian logic did not diminish either the identity or activity of the Holy Spirit. That is to say, he was the first to support his Trinitarian convictions by means of Trinitarian logic.
Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity, Notre Dame UP, 1988 / 2009, pap, 200 pp, € 33.50, 9780268022198
Brock, S.P. & G.A. Kiraz
Ephrem the Syrian. Selected Poems
Eastern Christian Texts Series, Brigham Young University, 2007, geb, 284 pp, € 42.50, 9780934893657
Brown, Peter
Augustine of Hippo. A Biography, Forty-Fifth Anniversary Edition
This classic biography was first published forty-five years ago and has since established itself as the standard account of Saint Augustine's life and teaching.
University of California Press, 2013, pap, 548 pp, € 28.00, 9780520280410
Brown, Peter
The Body and Society. Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity
20th Anniversary Edition. First published in 1988, Peter Brown's The Body and Society was a groundbreaking study of the marriage and sexual practices of early Christians in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. Brown focuses on the practice of permanent sexual renunciation-continence, celibacy, and lifelong virginity-in Christian circles from the first to the fifth centuries A.D. and traces early Christians' preoccupations with sexuality and the body in the work of the period's great writers. The Body and Society questions how theological views on sexuality and the human body both mirrored and shaped relationships between men and women, Roman aristocracy and slaves, and the married and the celibate. Brown discusses Tertullian, Valentinus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Constantine, the Desert Fathers, Jerome, Ambrose, and Augustine, among others, and considers asceticism and society in the Eastern Empire, martyrdom and prophecy, gnostic spiritual guidance, promiscuity among the men and women of the church, monks and marriage in Egypt, the ascetic life of women in fourth-century Jerusalem, and the body and society in the early Middle Ages. In his new introduction, Brown reflects on his work's reception in the scholarly community.
Columbia Classics in Religion, Columbia, 2008, pap, 504 pp, € 26.00, 9780231144070
Brown, Peter
The Ransom of the Soul. Afterlife and Wealth in Early Western Christianity
Marking a departure in our understanding of Christian views of the afterlife from 250 to 650 CE, The Ransom of the Soul explores a revolutionary shift in thinking about the fate of the soul that occurred around the time of Rome's fall. Peter Brown describes how this shift transformed the Church's institutional relationship to money and set the stage for its domination of medieval society in the West.

Early Christian doctrine held that the living and the dead, as equally sinful beings, needed each other in order to achieve redemption. The devotional intercessions of the living could tip the balance between heaven and hell for the deceased. In the third century, money began to play a decisive role in these practices, as wealthy Christians took ever more elaborate steps to protect their own souls and the souls of their loved ones in the afterlife. They secured privileged burial sites and made lavish donations to churches. By the seventh century, Europe was dotted with richly endowed monasteries and funerary chapels displaying in marble splendor the Christian devotion of the wealthy dead.

In response to the growing influence of money, Church doctrine concerning the afterlife evolved from speculation to firm reality, and personal wealth in the pursuit of redemption led to extraordinary feats of architecture and acts of generosity. But it also prompted stormy debates about money's proper use - debates that resonated through the centuries and kept alive the fundamental question of how heaven and earth could be joined by human agency.

Harvard UP, 2015, geb, 262 pp, € 26.95, 9780674967588
Brown, Peter
The Rise of Western Christendom. Triumph and Diversity, AD 200-1000, Tenth Anniversary Revised Edition
This tenth anniversary revised edition of the authoritative text on Christianity's first thousand years of history features a new preface, additional color images, and an updated bibliography. The essential general survey of medieval European Christendom, Brown's vivid prose charts the compelling and tumultuous rise of an institution that came to wield enormous religious and secular power.
The Making of Europe Series, Blackwell Publishers, 1997, pap, 368 pp, € 37.50, 9781118301265
Brown, Peter
Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD
Jesus taught his followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Yet by the fall of Rome, the church was becoming rich beyond measure. Through the Eye of a Needle is a sweeping intellectual and social history of the vexing problem of wealth in Christianity in the waning days of the Roman Empire, written by the world's foremost scholar of late antiquity.

Peter Brown examines the rise of the church through the lens of money and the challenges it posed to an institution that espoused the virtue of poverty and called avarice the root of all evil. Drawing on the writings of major Christian thinkers such as Augustine, Ambrose, and Jerome, Brown examines the controversies and changing attitudes toward money caused by the influx of new wealth into church coffers, and describes the spectacular acts of divestment by rich donors and their growing influence in an empire beset with crisis. He shows how the use of wealth for the care of the poor competed with older forms of philanthropy deeply rooted in the Roman world, and sheds light on the ordinary people who gave away their money in hopes of treasure in heaven.

Through the Eye of a Needle challenges the widely held notion that Christianity's growing wealth sapped Rome of its ability to resist the barbarian invasions, and offers a fresh perspective on the social history of the church in late antiquity.

Peter Brown is the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. His many books include The World of Late Antiquity, The Rise of Western Christendom, and Augustine of Hippo.

Princeton UP, 2014, pap, 792 pp, € 24.50, 9780691161778
Brown, Peter
Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD
Jesus taught his followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Yet by the fall of Rome, the church was becoming rich beyond measure. Through the Eye of a Needle is a sweeping intellectual and social history of the vexing problem of wealth in Christianity in the waning days of the Roman Empire, written by the world's foremost scholar of late antiquity.

Peter Brown examines the rise of the church through the lens of money and the challenges it posed to an institution that espoused the virtue of poverty and called avarice the root of all evil. Drawing on the writings of major Christian thinkers such as Augustine, Ambrose, and Jerome, Brown examines the controversies and changing attitudes toward money caused by the influx of new wealth into church coffers, and describes the spectacular acts of divestment by rich donors and their growing influence in an empire beset with crisis. He shows how the use of wealth for the care of the poor competed with older forms of philanthropy deeply rooted in the Roman world, and sheds light on the ordinary people who gave away their money in hopes of treasure in heaven.

Through the Eye of a Needle challenges the widely held notion that Christianity's growing wealth sapped Rome of its ability to resist the barbarian invasions, and offers a fresh perspective on the social history of the church in late antiquity.

Peter Brown is the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. His many books include The World of Late Antiquity, The Rise of Western Christendom, and Augustine of Hippo.

Princeton University Press, 2012, geb, 806 pp, € 39.50, 9780691152905
Bruce, F.F.
The Spreading Flame. The Rise and Progress of Christianity from its First Beginnings to the Conversion of the English
Eerdmans, 1995, pap, 432 pp, € 27.00, 0853643482
Burnell, P.
The Augustinian Person
Catholic Univerisity of America Press, 2005, pap, 218 pp, € 32.75, 0813214181 / 9780813214184
Burrus, V., M.D. Jordan & K. Mackendrick
Seducing Augustinus : Bodies, Desires,Confessions
"Augustine's Confessions" is a text that seduces. But how often do its readers respond in kind? Here three scholars who share a long-standing fascination with sexuality and Christian discourse attempt just that.

Where prior interpreters have been inclined either to defend or to criticize Augustine's views, Virginia Burrus, Mark Jordan, and Karmen MacKendrick set out both to seduce and to be seduced by his text. Often ambivalent but always passionately engaged, their readings of the Confessions center on four sets of intertwined themes - secrecy and confession, asceticism and eroticism, constraint and freedom, and time and eternity. Rather than expose Augustine's sexual history, they explore how the "Confessions" conjoins the erotic with the hidden, the imaginary, and the fictional. Rather than bemoan the repressiveness of his text, they uncover the complex relationship between seductive flesh and persuasive words that pervades all of its books. Rather than struggle to escape the control of the author, they embrace the painful pleasure of willed submission that lies at the erotic heart not only of the Confessions but of Augustine's broader understanding of sin and salvation.

Fordham UP, 2010, pap, 174pp, € 27.00, 9780823231942
Burton, P.
Language in the Confessions of Augustine
Oxford UP, 2007, geb, 198 pp, € 82.95, 9780199266227
Bussell, F.W.
Evil as Explained in the Clementine and Lactantian Writings
reprint, orig. publ. 1896
Analecta Gorgiana 12, Gorgias Press, 2006, pap, 56 pp, € 42.30, 1593334907 / 9781593334901
Butler, R.D.
The New Prophecy & New Visions. Evidence of Montanism in The Passion Of Perpetua and Felicitas
Patristic Monograph Series, 18, Catholic University of America Press, 2006, geb, 211 pp, € 57.50, 0813214556 / 9780813214559
Byassee, J.
Praise Seeking Understanding. Reading the Psalms with Augustine
Eerdmans Publishing, 2008, pap, 290 pp, € 26.90, 9780802840127
Byers, Sarah Catherine
Perception, Sensibility, and Moral Motivation in Augustine: A Stoic-Platonic Synthesis
This book argues that Augustine assimilated the Stoic theory of perception into his theories of motivation, affectivity, therapy for the passions and moral progress. Using his sermons to elucidate his treatises, Sarah Catherine Byers demonstrates how Augustine enriched Stoic cognitivism with Platonism to develop a fuller and coherent theory of action. That theory underlies his account of moral development, including his account of the mind's reception of grace. By analyzing Augustine's engagement with Cicero, Seneca, Plotinus, Ambrose, Jerome, Origen and Philo of Alexandria, Byers sheds new light on a major thinker of the early Christian world whose work is of critical importance for understanding key and recurring themes in Western philosophy.
Cambridge UP, 2013, geb, 248 pp, € 76.50, 9781107017948
Caesarea, Andrew of
Commentary on the Apocalypse
The early seventh-century Roman Empire saw plague, civil war, famine, and catastrophic barbarian invasions. Eschatological fervor ran high, as people were convinced that the end of the world was near. In this climate, a noteworthy Greek commentary on the Apocalypse was composed by Andrew, Archbishop of Caesarea, Cappadocia.

In 611 Andrew of Caesarea applied his superior exegetical skills to the challenging Book of Revelation and concluded that the end was not near, in spite of the crises that the empire was facing. Striking a balance between the symbolic language of the book and its literal, prophetic fulfillment, Andrews interpretation is a remarkably intelligent, spiritual, and thoughtful commentary that encourages the pursuit of virtue and confidence in the love of God for humanity.

Standing in the stream of patristic tradition, Andrew wove together pre-existing written and oral interpretations of Revelation passages by earlier Fathers and anonymous teachers, drawing together various interpretive strands and pointing to a previously unknown rich tradition of Apocalypse interpretation in the Greek East. His commentary also influenced the textual transmission of the Apocalypse and created a unique text type. Andrews commentary quickly eclipsed that of Oikoumenios to become the predominant and standard patristic commentary for the Greek East as well as the Slavic, Armenian, and Georgian Churches. Andrew influenced Eastern Christian eschatology and is responsible for the eventual acceptance of Revelation into the canon of the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Churches.

Fathers of the Church - 123, Catholic University of America Press, 2012, geb, 270 pp, € 52.00, 9780813201238
Cain, A.
The Letters of Jerome, Ascetism, Biblical Exegesis, and the Construction of Christian Authority in Late Antiquity
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2009, geb, 286 pp, € 72.50, 9780199563555
Cameron, Alan
The Last Pagans of Rome
Rufinus' vivid account of the battle between the Eastern Emperor Theodosius and the Western usurper Eugenius by the River Frigidus in 394 represents it as the final confrontation between paganism and Christianity. It is indeed widely believed that a largely pagan aristocracy remained a powerful and active force well into the fifth century, sponsoring pagan literary circles, patronage of the classics, and propaganda for the old cults in art and literature. The main focus of much modern scholarship on the end of paganism in the West has been on its supposed stubborn resistance to Christianity. The dismantling of this romantic myth is one of the main goals of Alan Cameron's book. Actually, the book argues, Western paganism petered out much earlier and more rapidly than hitherto assumed. The subject of this book is not the conversion of the last pagans but rather the duration, nature, and consequences of their survival. By re-examining the abundant textual evidence, both Christian (Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome, Paulinus, Prudentius) and "pagan" (Claudian, Macrobius, and Ammianus Marcellinus), as well as the visual evidence (ivory diptychs, illuminated manuscripts, silverware), Cameron shows that most of the activities and artifacts previously identified as hallmarks of a pagan revival were in fact just as important to the life of cultivated Christians. Far from being a subversive activity designed to rally pagans, the acceptance of classical literature, learning, and art by most elite Christians may actually have helped the last reluctant pagans to finally abandon the old cults and adopt Christianity. The culmination of decades of research, The Last Pagans of Rome overturns many long-held assumptions about pagan and Christian culture in the late antique West.
Oxford University Press, 2013, pap, 877 pp, € 43.00, 9780199959709
Cameron, Averil
Dialoguing in Late Antiquity
Christians talked, debated, and wrote dialogues in late antiquity and on throughout Byzantium. Some were philosophical, others more literary, theological, or Platonic; Aristotle also came into the picture as time went on. Sometimes the written works claim to be records of actual public debates, and we know that many such debates did take place and continued to do so. Dialoguing in Late Antiquity takes up a challenge laid down by recent scholars who argue that a wall of silence came down in the fifth century AD, after which Christians did not 'dialogue'.

Averil Cameron now returns to questions raised in her book Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire (1991), drawing on the large repertoire of surviving Christian dialogue texts from late antiquity to make a forceful case for their centrality in Greek literature from the second century and the Second Sophistic onward. At the same time, Dialoguing in Late Antiquity points forward to the long and neglected history of dialogue in Byzantium. Throughout this study, Cameron engages with current literary approaches and is a powerful advocate for the greater integration of Christian texts by literary scholars and historians alike.

Hellenic Studies Series 65, Harvard UP, 2014, pap, 98 pp, € 21.75, 9780674428355
Cameron, Michael
Christ Meets Me Everywhere: Augustine's Early Figurative Exegesis
Most readers first encounter Augustine's love for Scripture's words in the many biblical allusions of his masterwork, the Confessions. Augustine does not merely quote texts, but in many ways makes Scripture itself tell the story. In his journey from darkness to light, Augustine becomes Adam in the Garden of Eden, the Prodigal Son of Jesus' parable, the Pauline double personality at once devoted to and rebellious against God's law. Throughout he speaks the words of the Psalms as if he had written them. Crucial to Augustine's self-portrayal is his skill at transposing himself into the texts. He sees their properties and dynamics as his own, and by extension, every believing reader's own. In Christ Meets Me Everywhere, Michael Cameron argues that Augustine wanted to train readers of Scripture to transpose themselves into the texts in the same way he did, by the same process of figuration that he found at its core. Tracking Augustine's developing practice of self-transposition into the figures of the biblical texts over the course of his entire career, Cameron shows that this practice is the key to Augustine's hermeneutics.
Oxford Studies in Historical Theology, Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 410 pp, € 62.00, 9780199751297
Campenhausen, Hans Frhr. von
Griechische Kirchenvater
by order
Kohlhammer, 1993, pap, 172 pp, € 17.90, 9783170128873
Campenhausen, Hans Frhr. von
Lateinische Kirchenvater
by order
Kohlhammer, 1995, pap, 255 pp, € 17.90, 9783170135048
Carlson, Donald H.
Jewish-Christian Interpretation of the Pentateuch in the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies
The pseudo-Clementine writings are one of the most intriguing and valuable sources for early Jewish Christianity. They offer a second- or third-century polemic against the form of Christianity that eventually won out, the Gentile-majority, law-free Christianity that took Paul as its champion. Carlson's interest here is in the highly unusual theory expressed in the Homilies that the Pentateuch is saturated with 'false pericopes', and that the teaching of Jesus, the 'true prophet', is the criterion for establishing what the Pentateuch really means.
Fortress Press, 2013, pap, 250 pp, € 52.50, 9780800699772
Cary, P.
Inner Grace: Augustine in the Traditions of Plato and Paul
Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 189 pp, € 43.75, 9780195336481
Cary, P.
Outward Signs. The Powerlessness of External Things in Augustine`s Thought
Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 344 pp, € 65.00, 9780195336498
Cary, P, Doody, J. & K. Paffenroth (ed.)
Augustine and Philosophy
Lexington Books, 2010, pap, 296pp, € 28.50, 9780739145395
Casiday, A. & F.W. Norris (eds)
The Cambridge History of Christianity: Constantine to c. 600
This volume in the Cambridge History of Christianity presents the 'Golden Age' of patristic Christianity. After episodes of persecution by the Roman government, Christianity emerged as a licit religion enjoying imperial patronage and eventually became the favoured religion of the empire. The articles in this volume discuss the rapid transformation of Christianity during late antiquity, giving specific consideration to artistic, social, literary, philosophical, political, inter-religious and cultural aspects. The volume moves away from simple dichotomies and reductive schematizations (e.g., 'heresy v. orthodoxy') toward an inclusive description of the diverse practices and theories that made up Christianity at this time. Whilst proportional attention is given to the emergence of the Great Church within the Roman Empire, other topics are treated as well - such as the development of Christian communities outside the empire.
The Cambridge History of Christianity Series, 2, Cambridge UP, 2007, geb, 758 pp, € 164.50, 9780521812443
Casiday, A.M.C.
Tradition and Theology in St. John Cassian
Though the monastic writings of St John Cassian have been enduringly popular, his reputation (not least as a theological author) has been seriously compromised. A. M. C. Casiday begins with an evaluation of conventional ideas about Cassian and, finding them seriously flawed, offers the first sustained attempt at re-reading Cassian's works for their theological significance. Specific attention is called to the Christological aspects of Cassian's monastic anthropology. Throughout, reference is made to Cassian's contemporaries - both well-known figures like Augustine of Hippo, Evagrius Ponticus, Vincent of Lerins, and Nestorius, and lesser-known figures such as Prosper of Aquitaine, Valerian of Cimiez, and Paul of Tamma - in order to offer an analysis of Cassian's writings and their significance that is unencumbered by anachronism.
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2006, geb, 318 pp, € 115.00, 9780199297184
Casiday, Augustine
Reconstructing the Theology of Evagrius Ponticus: Beyond Heresy
Evagrius Ponticus is regarded by many scholars as the architect of the eastern heresy Origenism, as his theology corresponded to the debates that erupted in 399 and episodically thereafter, culminating in the Second Council of Constantinople in 553 AD. However some scholars now question this conventional interpretation of Evagrius' place in the Origenist controversies. Augustine Casiday sets out to reconstruct Evagrius' theology in its own terms, freeing interpretation of his work from the reputation for heresy that overwhelmed it, and studying his life, writings and evolving legacy in detail. The first part of this book discusses the transmission of Evagrius' writings, and provides a framework of his life for understanding his writing and theology, whilst part two moves to a synthetic study of major themes that emerge from his writings. This book will be an invaluable addition to scholarship on Christian theology, patristics, heresy and ancient philosophy.
Cambridge University Press, 2013, geb, 267 pp, € 77.00, 9780521896801
Cassian, J.
The Conferences
by order, complete translation into English by Boniface Ramsey,o.p.
Ancient Christian Writers Series v. 57, Newman Press, 1997, geb, 886 pp, € 54.50, 9780809104840
Celsus On the True Doctrine. A Discourse Against the Christians
transl. by R. J. Hoffmann
Oxford UP, 1995, pap, 146 pp, € 24.50, 0195041518 / 9780195041514
Chadwick, H.
The Early Church
The Penguin History of the Church 1, Penguin, 1993 (1967), pap, 314 pp, € 13.90, 0140231994
Chadwick, Henry
Augustine of Hippo. A Life
Oxford University Press, 2009, geb, 177 pp, € 27.95, 9780199568307
Chadwick, Henry
Augustine of Hippo. A Life
Oxford UP, 2009/2010, pap, 177 pp, € 18.95, 9780199588060
Champion, Michael W.
Explaining the Cosmos. Creation and Cultural Interaction in Late-Antique Gaza
Explaining the Cosmos analyzes the writings of three thinkers associated with Gaza: Aeneas, Zacharias and Procopius. Together, they offer a case study for the appropriation, adaptation, and transformation of classical philosophy in late antiquity, and for cultural transitions more generally in Gaza. Aeneas claimed that the "Academy and Lyceum" had been transferred to Gaza. This book asks what the cultural and intellectual characteristics of the Gazan "Academies" were, and how members of the schools mixed with local cultures of Christians, philosophers, rhetoricians and monks from the local monasteries.

Aeneas, Zacharias and Procopius each contributed to debates about the creation and eternity of the world, which ran from the Neoplatonist Proclus into the sixth-century disputes between Philoponus, Simplicius and Cosmas Indicopleustes. The Gazan contribution is significant in its own right, highlighting distinctive aspects of late-antique Christianity, and it throws the later philosophical debates into sharper relief. Focusing on the creation debates also allows for exploration of the local cultures that constituted Gazan society in the late-fifth and early-sixth centuries. Explaining the Cosmos further explores cultural dynamics in the Gazan schools and monasteries and the wider cultural history of the city. The Gazans adapt and transform aspects of Classical and Neoplatonic culture while rejecting Neoplatonic religious claims. The study also analyses the Gazans' intellectual contributions in the context of Neoplatonism and early Christianity. The Gaza which emerges from this study is a set of cultures in transition, mutually constituting and transforming each other through a fugal pattern of exchange, adaptation, conflict and collaboration.

Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity, Oxford UP, 2014, geb, 256 pp, € 72.00, 9780199337484
Chin, C.M.
Grammar and Christianity in the Late Roman World
Penn, 2007, geb, 270 pp, € 61.00, 9780812240351
Cholij, R.
Theodore the Stoudite. The Ordering of Holiness
Oxford UP, 2009 / 2002, pap, 292 pp, € 29.95, 9780199566976
Christo, Dr. G. G.
Bishops as Successors to the Apostles According to John Chrysostom: Ecclesiastical Authority in the Early Church
Prijs onder voorbehoud.
Edwin Mellen Press, 2008, geb, 172 pp, € 80.00, 9780773449770
Chryssavgis, J.
Barsanuphius and John: Letters, Volume 1
The Fathers of the Church, CUA Press, 2006, geb, 344 pp, € 48.75, 9780813201139
Augustine of Hippo
Outstanding Christian Thinkers Series, Continuum, 2005, pap, 160 pp, € 17.95, 0826476597
Clayton Jr., P.B.
The Christology of Theodoret of Cyrus. Antiochene Christology from the Council of Ephesus (431) to the Council of Chalcedon (541)
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2007, geb, 355 pp, € 111.00, 9780198143987
Coakley, S., C.M. Stang (eds)
Re-Thinking Dionysius the Areopagite
Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, pap, 234 pp, € 28.50, 9781405180894
Conti, M. (ed.)
Priscillian of Avila. The Complete Works
Oxford Early Christian Texts, Oxford UP, 2009, geb, 344 pp, € 129.50, 9780199567379
Conybeare, F.C.
The Acts of Pilate
Analecta Gorgiana 11, Gorgias Press, 2007, pap, 132 pp, € 41.50, 9781593334895
Cooper, A.G.
The Body in St Maximus the Confessor: Holy Flesh, Wholly Deified
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2005, geb, 287 pp, € 97.00, 019927570x
Cooper, S.
Augustinus voor amateur-theologen
In dit boek introduceert Stephen Cooper de lezer op toegankelijke wijze in het leven en het denken van Augustinus van Hippo. Hij maakt hierbij vooral gebruik van diens beroemde Belijdenissen. Cooper bespreekt Augustinus' theologische opvattingen, die ontstonden vanuit de belangrijkste controversen van zijn tijd
Meesters in Spiritualiteit serie, Averbode, 2008, pap, 210 pp, € 17.50, 9789031725823
Cooper, S.A.
Marius Victorinus Commentary on Galatians
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2005, geb, 414 pp, € 54.00, 9780198270275
Copp, J.D.
Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite. Man of Darkness/Man of Light
The Edwin Mellen Press, 2007, geb, 302 pp, € 99.50, 9780773462786
Cribiore, R.
The School of Libanius in Late Antique Antioch
Princeton UP, 2006, geb, 376 pp, € 51.00, 9780691128245
Crislip, Andrew T.
Thorns in the Flesh: Illness and Sanctity in Late Ancient Christianity
The literature of late ancient Christianity is rich both in saints who lead lives of almost Edenic health and in saints who court and endure horrifying diseases. In such narratives, health and illness might signify the sanctity of the ascetic, or invite consideration of a broader theology of illness. In Thorns in the Flesh, Andrew Crislip draws on a wide range of texts from the fourth through sixth centuries that reflect persistent and contentious attempts to make sense of the illness of the ostensibly holy. These sources include Lives of Antony, Paul, Pachomius, and others; theological treatises by Basil of Caesarea and Evagrius of Pontus; and collections of correspondence from the period such as the Letters of Barsanuphius and John. Through close readings of these texts, Crislip shows how late ancient Christians complicated and critiqued hagiographical commonplaces and radically reinterpreted illness as a valuable mode for spiritual and ascetic practice. Illness need not point to sin or failure, he demonstrates, but might serve in itself as a potent form of spiritual practice that surpasses even the most strenuous of ascetic labors and opens up the sufferer to a more direct knowledge of the self and the divine. Crislip provides a fresh and nuanced look at the contentious and dynamic theology of illness that emerged in and around the ascetic and monastic cultures of the later Roman world.
Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion, Pennsylvania UP, 2012, geb, 238 pp, € 58.50, 9780812244458
Crislip, A.T.
From Monastery to Hospital: Christian Monasticism and the Transformation of Health Care in Late Antiquity
From Monastery to Hospital traces the origin of the late Roman hospital to the earliest groups of Christian monastics. Often characterized as holy men and miracle-workers who transformed late antique spirituality, monks held an equally significant impact on the development of medicine in Late Antiquity. Andrew Crislip illuminates the innovative approaches to health care within the earliest monasteries that provided the model for the greatest medical achievement of Late Antiquity: the hospital.
University of Michigan Press, 2005, geb, 235 pp, € 89.50, 9780472114740
Croix, G.E.M. de St
Christian Persecution, Martyrdom, & Orthodoxy
by order / te bestellen
Oxford UP., 2006, geb, 394 pp, € 99.50, 0199278121 / 9780199278121
Cyprianus, Thascius Caecilius
Bidden in een boze wereld. Twee pamfletten uit het vroege christendom. Aan Donatus & aan Demtrianus
Ingeleid, bezorgd en vertaald door V. Hunink.

Een nieuw geloof aannemen betekent vaak een volstrekt 'nee!' tegen het oude leven en de buitenwereld. Er is nog maar een zaligmakende waarheid en andersdenkenden worden op felle toon van repliek gediend. Bidden in een boze wereld bevat twee radicaal-christelijke geschriften uit de derde eeuw toen het christendom nog het geloof van een sterk groeiende minderheid was.

Cyprianus van Carthago (ca. 200-258) schrijft in Aan Donatus bijna jubelend over zijn eigen doop. De nieuwe godsdienst lijkt een baken van licht in een duistere wereld. Dit autobiografische getuigenis geldt als model voor Augustinus' beroemde Belijdenissen.

Cyprianus' open brief Aan Demetrianus is juist uitgesproken polemisch. Beide teksten getuigen van een vurig geloof en een sterke afkeer van de eigentijdse maatschappij. Het maar al te herkenbare extremisme maakt deze teksten uit het vroege christendom opmerkelijk actueel.

Deze uitgave bevat de twee geschriften van Cyprianus in Latijnse brontekst en Nederlandse vertaling en richt zich daarmee op studerende en afgestudeerde classici en theologen. De literaire vertaling laat zich echter ook uitstekend zelfstandig lezen en is geschikt voor iedereen met interesse in de wereld van het vroege christendom.

Damon, 2006, geb, 112 pp, € 21.00, 9789055736966
Cyril of Alexandria, St.
Commentary on the Twelve Minor Prophets vol 1
Fathers of the Church, vol 115, CUA Press, 2007, geb, 336 pp, € 49.50, 9780813201153
Cyril of Alexandria, St.
Commentary on the Twelve Minor Prophets vol 2
Translated by R.C. Hill
Fathers of the Church vol 116, CUA Press, 2008, geb, 430 pp, € 54.90, 9780813201160
Daley, B.E.
Gregory of Nazianzus
The Early Church Fathers, Routledge, 2006, pap, 273 pp, € 28.75, 9780415121811
Davis, S.J.
Coptic Christology in Practice: Incarnation and Divine Participation in Late Antique and Medieval Egypt
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 371 pp, € 116.70, 9780199258628
Davis, S.J.
The Cult of St. Thecla, a Tradition of Womens Piety in Late Antiquity
by order
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford, 2008, pap, 258 pp, € 38.00, 9780199548712
Dawson, J.D.
Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity
California UP, 2002, geb, 302 pp, € 54.00, 0520226305
Demacopoulos, G.E.
Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church
University of Notre Dame, 2007, pap, 273 pp, € 34.00, 9780268025908
Demacopoulos, George E.
The Invention of Peter. Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity
On the first anniversary of his election to the papacy, Leo the Great stood before the assembly of bishops convening in Rome and forcefully asserted his privileged position as the heir of Peter the Apostle. This declaration marked the beginning of a powerful tradition: the Bishop of Rome would henceforth leverage the cult of St. Peter, and the popular association of St. Peter with the city itself, to his advantage. In The Invention of Peter, George E. Demacopoulos examines this Petrine discourse, revealing how the link between the historic Peter and the Roman Church strengthened, shifted, and evolved during the papacies of two of the most creative and dynamic popes of late antiquity, ultimately shaping medieval Christianity as we now know it.

By emphasizing the ways in which this rhetoric of apostolic privilege was employed, extended, transformed, or resisted between the reigns of Leo the Great and Gregory the Great, Demacopoulos offers an alternate account of papal history that challenges the dominant narrative of an inevitable and unbroken rise in papal power from late antiquity through the Middle Ages. He unpacks escalating claims to ecclesiastical authority, demonstrating how this rhetoric, which almost always invokes a link to St. Peter, does not necessarily represent actual power or prestige but instead reflects moments of papal anxiety and weakness. Through its nuanced examination of an array of episcopal activity - diplomatic, pastoral, political, and administrative - The Invention of Peter offers a new perspective on the emergence of papal authority and illuminates the influence that Petrine discourse exerted on the survival and exceptional status of the Bishop of Rome.

Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013, geb, 262 pp, € 48.00, 9780812245172
Didymus the Blind (Didymus de Blinde)
Commentary on Zechariah
Translated by R.C. Hill
The Fathers of the Church Series 3, The Catholic University of America Press, 2006, geb, 372 pp, € 51.75, 9780813201115
Dionysius de Areopagiet
Dionysius de Areopagiet - Verzamelde werken
De raadselachtige Dionysius heeft vanaf de zesde eeuw filosofie en theologie in Oost en West beinvloed. Neoplatonisme en christelijke traditie smeedde hij naadloos aaneen. Zijn Negen Engelenkoren werden en worden altijd weer uitgebeeld. Kerkbouw en iconenkunst weerspiegelen zijn gedachten. Gebrandschilderde kerkramen breken, voortbouwend op Dionysius, het licht in talloze verbeeldingen om ons vandaar mee omhoog te voeren naar het ene goddelijke licht. Ook uit de moderne theologie, filosofie en kunst is zijn diepste inzicht niet weg te denken. Dionysius, die in zijn verbeelding de leerling van Paulus is, richt zich op 'de onbekende God' en neemt zijn lezers in een prachtig beschouwelijk ritme mee naar de sfeer 'waarover het beter is te zwijgen'.

Eerste volledige Nederlandse vertaling door Michiel ter Horst.

Christofoor, 2015, geb, 495 pp, € 29.90, 9789060386910
Dionysius de Areopagiet, A.P. Orban
De hemelse hierarchie van Dionysius de Areopagiet
Dionysius de Areopagiet (een pseudoniem) schreef in de zesde eeuw in het Grieks een verhandeling over de hemelse hierarchie. Deze Dionysius, die in dit werk - met zowel neoplatoonse als christelijke elementen - de aard en geleding van negen engelenkoren beschrijft, heeft grote invloed gehad op de filosofie en de theologie in Oost en West. De tekst leeft tot in de moderne tijd ook voort in literatuur (bijvoorbeeld bij Dante en Goethe), architectuur en beeldende kunst. Deze uitgave biedt een integrale, wetenschappelijk verantwoorde Nederlandse vertaling van deze belangrijke tekst, met inleiding en uitgebreid commentaar. De complexiteit van Dionysius' stijl en taalgebruik leveren veel interpretatieproblemen op. Orban verwijst daarom in zijn commentaar niet alleen naar Bijbelplaatsen en andere allusies, maar ook naar vijf gezaghebbende moderne vertalingen en naar de Latijnse vertaling van de grote middeleeuwse theoloog-filosoof Johannes Scotus Eriugena (ca. 810-ca. 877)
Middeleeuwse studies en bronnen, 162, Uitgeverij Verloren, 2016, pap, 140 pp, € 19.00, 9789087046088
Douglass, S. & M. Ludlow (eds.)
Reading the Church Fathers
This title is a unique collection of essays surrounding modern hermeneutic approaches to early Christian theological texts. Reading the corpus of texts written by the Fathers of the Church has always been a core area in Christian theology. However, scholars and academics are by no means united in the question how these important but difficult authors should be read and interpreted. Many of them are divided by implicit (but often unquestioned) assumptions about the best way to approach the texts or by underlying hermeneutical questions about the norms, limits and opportunities of reading Ancient Christian writers. This book will raise profound hermeneutical questions surrounding the reading of the Fathers with greater clarity than it has been done before. The contributors to this volume are theologians and historians who have used contemporary post-modern approaches to illuminate the Ancien corpus of texts. The chapters discuss issues such as: What makes a 'good' reading of a church Father?; What constitutes a 'responsible' reading?; Is the reading of the Fathers limited to a specialist audience?; and, What can modern thinkers contribute to our reading of the Fathers?
T&T Clark, 2011, pap, 200 pp, € 27.95, 9780567607621
Drake, H.A.
Constantine and the Bishops. The Politics of Intolerance
by order
Ancient Society and History, John Hopkins UP, 2002, pap, 609 pp, € 26.00, 0801871042
Drake, Susanna
Slandering the Jew:Sexuality and Difference in Early Christian Texts
As Christian leaders in the first through fifth centuries embraced ascetic interpretations of the Bible and practices of sexual renunciation, sexual slander-such as the accusations Paul leveled against wayward Gentiles in the New Testament-played a pivotal role in the formation of early Christian identity. In particular, the imagined construct of the lascivious, literal-minded Jew served as a convenient foil to the chaste Christian ideal. Susanna Drake examines representations of Jewish sexuality in early Christian writings that use accusations of carnality, fleshliness, bestiality, and licentiousness as strategies to differentiate the "spiritual" Christian from the "carnal" Jew. Church fathers such as Justin Martyr, Hippolytus of Rome, Origen of Alexandria, and John Chrysostom portrayed Jewish men variously as dangerously hypersexual, at times literally seducing virtuous Christians into heresy, or as weak and effeminate, unable to control bodily impulses or govern their wives.

As Drake shows, these carnal caricatures served not only to emphasize religious difference between Christians and Jews but also to justify increased legal constraints and violent acts against Jews as the interests of Christian leaders began to dovetail with the interests of the empire. Placing Christian representations of Jews at the root of the destruction of synagogues and mobbing of Jewish communities in the late fourth and early fifth centuries, Slandering the Jew casts new light on the intersections of sexuality, violence, representation, and religious identity.

Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013, geb, 176 pp, € 48.00, 9780812245202
Drecoll, V.H. (hers.)
Augustin Handbuch
op bestelling
Mohr Siebeck, 2007, geb, 799 pp, € 154.50, 9783161482687
Drobner, H.R.
Lehrbuch der Patrologie
Peter Lang, 2004, 2. Auflage, pap, 532 pp, € 57.50, 3631528620
Drobner, H.S.
The Fathers of the Church: A Comprehensive Introduction
Hendrickson, 2007, geb, 632 pp, € 44.95, 9781565633315
Duenzl, F.
A Brief History of the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Early Church
T&T Clark, 2007, pap, 147 pp, € 2007.00, 9780567031938
Duenzl, F.
Kleine Geschichte des trinitarischen Dogmas in der Alten Kirche
Herder, 2006, pap, 160 pp, € 13.70, 9783451289460
Dungan, David L.
Constantines Bible
SCM Press, 2006, pap, 300 pp, € 22.50, 9780334041054
Dunn, G.D.
Tertullian (Tertullianus)
The Early Church Fathers Series, Routledge, 2004, pap, 200 pp, € 29.95, 0415282314
Dunn, M.
The Christianization of the Anglo-Saxons c.597-c.700. Discourses of Life, Death and Afterlife
Continuum, 2009, geb, 280 pp, € 84.00, 9781847251893
Dunn, M.
The Emergence of Monasticism. From the Desert Fathers to the Early Middle Ages
Blackwell Publishing, 2003, pap, 280 pp, € 34.50, 9781405106412
Dunn-Wilson, D.
A Mirror for the Church. Preaching in the First Five Centuries
Eerdmans Publishing, 2005, pap, 224 pp, € 22.50, 0802828663
Dunzl, F.
Kleine Geschichte des trinitarischen Dogmas in der Alten Kirche
2. Auflage
Grundlagen Theologie, Herder, 2011, pap, 180 pp, € 16.50, 9783451309465
Dysinger, L.
Psalmody and Prayer in the Writings of Evagrius of Ponticus
by order
Oxford Theological Monographs, Oxford UP, 2005, geb, 245 pp, € 121.00, 9780199273201
Dyson, R.W
St. Augustine of Hippo
by order / te bestellen
Continuum studies in philosophy, Continuum, 2006, geb, 192 pp, € 99.50, 082648588x / 9780826485885
Ebbeler, J. V.
Disciplining Christians. Correction and Community in Augustine's Letters
Disciplining Christians reconsiders several of Augustine's most well-known letter exchanges, including his famously controversial correspondence with Jerome and his efforts to engage his Donatist rivals in a letter exchange. It reads these letters with close attention to conventional epistolary norms and practices, in an effort to identify innovative features of Augustine's epistolary practice. In particular, it notes and analyzes Augustine's adaptation of the traditionally friendly letter exchange to the correction of perceived error in the Christian community. In transforming the practice of letter exchange into a tool of correction, Augustine draws on both the classical philosophical tradition and also scripture. His particular innovation is his insistence that this process of correction can-and often must-be done in the potentially public form of a letter exchange rather than in the privacy of a face-to-face conversation. This is particularly true when the perceived error is one that has the potential to jeopardize the salvation of the entire Christian community. In offering epistolary correction, and requesting reciprocal correction from his correspondents, Augustine treats his practice of letter exchange as a performance of Christian caritas. Indeed, in his view, the friendliest correspondence was that which was concerned solely with preserving the salvation of the participants. In recognizing Augustine's commitment to the corrective correspondence and thus reading his letters with attention to their corrective function, we gain new insights into the complicated dynamics of Augustine's relationships with Jerome, Paulinus of Nola, the Donatists, and Pelagius.
Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity, Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 254 pp, € 63.50, 9780195372564
Eckermann, W. OSA & A. Krummel
Johann Alfons Abert (1840-1905). Ein unbekannter Augustinusubersetzeraus dem 19. Jahrhundert
Sammlung Cassiciacum XLIII/3, Augustinusverlag, 1993, pap, 210 pp, € 24.95, 3761301707
Edwards, M.
Catholicity and Heresy in the Early Church
Ashgate, 2009, pap, 201 pp, € 26.50, 9780754662976
Egeria (Hunink, V. / Drijvers, J.W. vert)
In het land van de Bijbel. Reisverslag van Egeria, een dame uit de vierde eeuw
In het jaar 381 ging een aanzienlijke Romeinse vrouw, Egeria, vanuit West-Europa op reis naar Palestina, Egypte en Syrie. Zij wilde met eigen ogen alle plaatsen zien die zij kende uit de bijbel. Het verslag dat zij van haar pelgrimage schreef, is een van de vroegste in zijn soort. Hieraan voegde zij een beschrijving toe van de liturgische vieringen in Jeruzalem, waar zij langere tijd verbleef.

Via de ogen van een vrouw krijgt de lezer een uniek beeld van de bijbelse wereld in de vierde eeuw. Ook het bijzondere Latijn, dat dicht bij de gesproken taal van de vierde eeuw staat, maakt de tekst tot een boeiend document. Egeria’'s verslag, uitgegeven met een vertaling in modern Nederlands, wordt zoveel mogelijk gepresenteerd als reisdagboek: met dateringen en samenvattingen van niet beschreven onderdelen van de reis. De inleiding schetst een beeld van de historische achtergronden van Egeria.

Verloren, 2010, pap, 188 pp, € 19.00, 9789087041885
Ehrman, Bart D., Andrew S. Jacobs
Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E. A Reader
Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader collects primary sources of the early Christian world, from the last "Great Persecution" under the Emperor Diocletian to the Council of Chalcedon in the mid-fifth century.

During this period Christianity rose to prominence in the Roman Empire, developed new notions of sanctity and heresy, and spread beyond the Mediterranean world. This reader incorporates standard texts - from authors such as Athanasius, Augustine, and Eusebius - in the most recent translations and also includes less familiar texts, some of which appear in English translation for the first time. Presented in their entirety or in long excerpts, the texts are arranged thematically and cover such topics as orthodoxy, conversion, asceticism, and art and architecture. The editors provide introductions for each chapter, text, and image, situating the selections historically, geographically, and intellectually.

Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader highlights the ways in which religion and culture were mutually transformed during this crucial historical period. Ideal for courses in Early Christianity, Christianity in Late Antiquity, and History of Christianity, this reader is an excellent companion to Bart D. Ehrman's After the New Testament (OUP, 1998) and an exceptional resource for scholars

Oxford UP, 2003, pap, 522 pp, € 54.00, 9780195154610
Ehrman, B.D. (ed)
The Apostolic Fathers, vol 1, I Clement, II Clement, Ignatius, Polycarp, Didache
Loeb Clasical Library 24, Harvard UP, 2003, geb, 440 pp, € 21.95, 9780674996076
Ehrman, B.D. (ed. & transl.)
The Apostolic Fathers, vol 2, Epistle of Barnabas, Papias and Quadratus, Epistle to Diognetus, The Shepherd of Hermas
Loeb Clasical Library 24, Harvard UP, 2003, geb, 481 pp, € 21.95, 9780674996083
Enos, R. L. and Thompson, R. et al (eds)
The Rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo. De Doctrina Christiana and the Search for a Distinctly Christian Rhetoric
Studies in Rhetoric and Religion 7, Baylor UP, 2008, pap, 397 pp, € 35.00, 9781602580084
Eusibius' Kerkgeschiedenis
Vertaald, bewerkt en van aantekeningen voorzien door dr. Chr Fahner.
De Kerkgeschiedenis van Eusebius is de eerste echte beschrijving van de kerkgeschiedenis en dateert uit het begin van de vierde eeuw. Het geeft een overzicht van drie eeuwen geschiedenis van de christelijke gemeenten. Eusebius' Kerkgeschiedenis doet dit op een gedetailleerde wijze en brengt ons heel dicht bij het leven van de oude christenen temidden van het kolossale Romeinse rijk. Bovendien bevat deze Kerkgeschiedenis tal van documenten die reeds lang verloren zijn gegaan.

Deze uitgave bevat een vertaling van Eusebius’ Kerkgeschiedenis in hedendaags Nederlands, een uitgebreide inleiding over de auteur en zijn Kerkgeschiedenis, en enkele registers. De vertaling is zeer toegankelijk en werd door de vertaler voorzien van aantekeningen en jaartallen, zodat de lezer van nu het overzicht beter kan behouden.
Boekencentrum, 2000, pap, 472 pp, € 29.90, 9789023906797
Life of Constantine
Translated with an introduction and commentary by A. Cameron & S.G. Hall, by order
Clarendon Ancient History Series, Oxford, 1999, pap, 395 pp, € 37.50, 0198149247
Eusebius van Caesarea
Keizer Constantijn, zijn leven beschreven door Eusebius van Caesarea
Op 28 oktober 312 versloeg keizer Constantijn zijn tegenstander Maxentius bij de Milvische brug over de Tiber, net buiten de muren van Rome. Voorafgaande aan deze slag kreeg Constantijn zijn beroemde visioen van een kruis, vaak gezien als zijn motivatie om zich tot het christendom te bekeren. Het Edict van Milaan, dat Constantijn in 313 uitvaardigde, kondigde een algehele godsdienstvrijheid af en gaf christenen voor het eerst in hun geschiedenis de gelegenheid hun geloof in vrijheid te beoefenen.

In zijn Vita Constantini - na zeventien eeuwen voor het eerst in het Nederlands vertaald - beschrijft bisschop Eusebius het leven van zijn beroemde tijdgenoot vanuit een expliciet christelijk perspectief. In de inleiding bij de vertaling wordt aandacht besteed aan Eusebius, Constantijn en hun onderlinge relatie, de ontstaansgeschiedenis, de bronnen en het karakter van de Vita Constantini, de teksttraditie en de waarde van de Vita Constantini als historische bron.

Verloren, 2012, pap, 179 pp, € 20.00, 9789087043131
Evagrius of Pontus
Evagrius of Pontus: The Greek Ascetic Corpus
Translation and Commentary by R.E. Sinkewicz
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2006, pap, 369 pp, € 34.50, 9780199297085
Evagrius of Pontus
Talking Back. Antirrhetikos. A Monastic Handbook for Combating Demons
Translated with an introduction by David Brakke
Cistercian Studies Series Number 229, Cistercian Publications / Liturgical Press, 2009, pap, 190 pp, € 25.95, 9780879073299
Fairbairn, D.
Grace and Christology in the Early Church
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2006, pap, 257 pp, € 38.50, 019929710x / 9780199297108
Fear , Andrew, Jose Fernandez Urbina, Mar Marcos Sanchez(eds)
The Role of the Bishop in Late Antiquity: Conflict and Compromise
Late Antiquity witnessed a major transformation in the authority and power of the Episcopate within the Church, with the result that bishops came to embody the essence of Christianity and increasingly overshadow the leading Christian laity. The rise of Episcopal power came in a period in which drastic political changes produced long and significant conflicts both within and outside the Church. This book examines these problems in depth, looking at bishops' varied roles in both causing and resolving these disputes, including those internal to the church, those which began within the church but had major effects on wider society, and those of a secular nature.
Bloomsbury, 2013, geb, 270 pp, € 91.00, 9781780932170
Ferguson, E.
Baptism in the Early Church. History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries.
Eerdmans Publishing, 2009, geb, 953 pp, € 53.50, 9780802827487
Fiedrowicz, Michael
Handbuch der Patristik. Quellentexte zur Theologie der Kirchenvater
Das Handbuch der Patristik bietet uber 800 Auszuge aus griechischen, lateinischen und syrischen Autoren sowie fruhchristlichen Konzilien und vermittelt so ein differenziertes und facettenreiches Bild des Glaubensdenkens der fruhen Kirche insgesamt. In Aufriss und Gliederung an den Band "Theologie der Kirchenvater" angelehnt, versteht sich das Handbuch der Patristik als eigenstandiges, systematisch angelegtes Quellenwerk. Kurze Einleitungen, erlauternde Anmerkungen, umfangreiche Bibliografien, Personen- und Sachregister erganzen und erschliessen die ausgewahlten Texte.
Herder, 2010, geb, 688 pp, € 42.50, 9783451312939
Fiedrowicz, Michael
Theologie der Kirchenvater. Grundlagen fruhchristlicher Glaubensreflexion
Die neue Monographie zur Patristik schliesst die Lucke zwischen Handbuchern zur Patrologie (Altaner, Drobner, LACL) einerseits und Darstellungen der fruhchristlichen Dogmen- und Theologiegeschichte andererseits. Wahrend dort Leben und Schriften der fruhchristlichen Autoren sowie der Inhalt ihrer Lehren in ihrer geschichtlichen Entwicklung behandelt werden, nimmt das vorliegende Werk vor allem Selbstverstandnis und Orientierungspunkte der Kirchenvatertheologie in den Blick. Dem Lehrbuch geht es um eine die gesamte patristische Epoche umfassende Darstellung der theologischen Methode der Kirchenvater.
Herder, 2010, geb, 448 pp, € 39.50, 9783451292934
Finn, R.
Almsgiving in the Later Roman Empire: Christian Promotion and Practice 313-450
Oxford Classical Monographs Series, Oxford UP, 2006, geb, 302 pp, € 92.00, 0199283605 / 9780199283606
Foster, P. (ed.)
The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers
Continuum, 2007, pap, 160 pp, € 28.50, 9780567031068
Frakes, R.M., E.D. Digeser & J. Stephens (eds)
The Rhetoric of Power in Late Antiquity. Religion and Politics in Byzantium, Europe and the Early Islamic World
Late Antiquity, the period of transition from the crisis of Roman Empire in the third century to the Middle Ages, has traditionally been considered only in terms of the 'decline' from classical standards. Recent classical scholarship strives to consider this period on its own terms. Taking the reign of Constantine the Great as its starting point, this book examines the unique intersection of rhetoric, religion and politics in Late Antiquity. Expert scholars come together to examine ancient rhetorical texts to explore the ways in which late antique authors drew upon classical traditions, presenting Roman and post-Roman religious and political institutions in order to establish a desired image of a 'new era'. This book provides new insights into how the post-Roman Germanic West, Byzantine East and Muslim South appropriated and transformed the political, intellectual and cultural legacy inherited from the late Roman Empire and its borderlands.
IB Tauris, 2010, geb, 287 pp, € 83.50, 9781848854093
Fredriksen, Paula
Augustine and the Jews. A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism
Doubleday, 2008, geb, 488 pp, € 31.00, 9780385502702
Furst, A.
Hieronymus. Akese und Wissenschaft in de Spatantike
Herder Verlag, 2003, geb, 335 pp, € 31.90, 9783451277221
Furst, A. und Adelbert Hamman
Kleine Geschichte der Kirchenvater
Grundlagen Theologie, Herder, 2011, pap, 200 pp, € 16.50, 9783451336775
Gavrilyuk, P.
The Suffering of the Impassible God. The Dialectics of Patristic Thought
The Suffering of the Impassible God provides a major reconsideration of the issue of divine suffering and divine emotions in the early Church Fathers. Patristic writers are commonly criticized for falling prey to Hellenistic philosophy and uncritically accepting the claim that God cannot suffer or feel emotions. Gavrilyuk shows that this view represents a misreading of evidence. In contrast, he construes the development of patristic thought as a series of dialectical turning points taken to safeguard the paradox of God's voluntary and salvific suffering in the Incarnation.
Oxford Early Christian Series, Oxford, 2004, geb, 210 pp, € 109.50, 9780199269822
Gavrilyuk, P.L.
The Suffering of the Impassible God. The Dialectics of Patristic Thought
The Suffering of the Impassible God provides a major reconsideration of the issue of divine suffering and divine emotions in the early Church Fathers. Patristic writers are commonly criticized for falling prey to Hellenistic philosophy and uncritically accepting the claim that God cannot suffer or feel emotions. Gavrilyuk shows that this view represents a misreading of evidence. In contrast, he construes the development of patristic thought as a series of dialectical turning points taken to safeguard the paradox of God's voluntary and salvific suffering in the Incarnation.
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2006, pap, 210 pp, € 37.00, 9780199297115
Geest, Paul van, Vincent Hunink
Met zachte hand. Augustinus over dwang in kerk en maatschappij [epistula 185]
Tientallen jaren leverde Augustinus (354-430) strijd tegen tegen de beweging van de donatisten. Onder de vele teksten die hij tot of tegen de donatisten schreef is er uit de latere periode een belangrijke brief. In deze brief, nummer 185 uit het jaar 417, gaat het eigenlijk niet eens meer over de verschillen in de leer, maar alleen over de vraag: hoe kunnen de donatisten terugkeren in de moederkerk? Natuurlijk, als ze zich bekeren en boete doen voor hun fouten, zijn ze welkom en mogen ze binnenkomen. Maar als ze nu niet willen? Mag de kerk ze dan dwingen? Brief 185 staat bekend om zijn sleutelwoorden cogite intrare, 'dwing ze binnen te komen'. En staat daarmee model voor een kant van Augustinus' denken waarbij veel moderne mensen zich ongemakkelijk voelen.

Maar wie de brief zorgvuldig leest kan zien dat Augustinus beslist niet als een brute machthebber dwang en geweld verheerlijkt. Integendeel, hij heeft daar een grondige afkeer van. Anderen dwingen is voor hem zeker geen gemakkelijke oplossing, maar een laatste redmiddel. Hij maakt de vergelijking met een huis dat op instorten staat. Daaruit red je wie je kunt, of mensen nu mee willen of niet. Centraal in Augustinus' denken staat zijn overtuiging dat de kerk, zijn kerk, de universele kerk is. Daar hoort iedereen, 'kaf en koren', in thuis. In laatste instantie moet je mensen dus een zetje in de rug geven in hun eigen belang.

Met zachte hand bevat een volledige vertaling van brief 185. De tekst wordt voorafgegaan door een uitgebreid, verhelderend essay over de ontwikkelingsgang van Augustinus' denken over dwang en geweld, waarvan brief 185 de synthese vormt. Zelfs in deze omstreden kwestie van dwang blijkt Augustinus inspirerend te kunnen werken.

Damon, 2012, geb, 151 pp, € 24.90, 9789460360640
Geest, P. van
Stellig maar onzeker. Augustinus benadering van God
Wat joden, christenen en moslims tot op de dag van vandaag bindt is het besef, dat God onkenbaar en onuitsprekelijk is. Maar zij baseren hun geloof in God ook op een Heilig Boek, waarin iets van Gods wezen en werkzaamheid geopenbaard wordt. Zij streven er dus niet naar om Gods geheim zo geheim te laten zijn, dat niemand weet dat er sprake is van een geheim.

Het is wel betreurd, dat Augustinus' spreken over God te stellig en trefzeker is geweest en hij het mysterie van God te weinig intact gelaten heeft. De receptie van zijn werk lijkt uit te wijzen, dat in deze bewering een kern van waarheid is. Zijn opvattingen over Gods voorkennis en voorbeschikking, over de erfzonde, en over de onverdiendheid en noodzaak van de genade: alle gingen tot het stamkapitaal van de theologie behoren.

In dit boek wordt aangetoond dat ook Augustinus' spreken over God doordrongen was van de overtuiging, dat de mens in woorden Gods werkelijkheid meer niet dan wél benadert. Centraal staat de vraag hoe Augustinus zich dan op dit snijvlak van spreken en zwijgen over God heeft bewogen. Enerzijds wilde hij misverstanden voorkomen. Anderzijds trachtte hij zijn gelovigen te doordringen van het besef dat God een geheim is. De vraag is hoe dit samengaat en hoe iemand ketters kan bestrijden maar tegelijkertijd zijn publiek ervan wil doordringen dat God onkenbaar, onbegrijpelijk en onuitspreekbaar is.

Damon, 2007, geb, 248 pp, € 24.90, 9789055737420
Geest, P. van
Waarachtigheid. Levenskunst volgens Augustinus
Augustinus is de handboeken ingegaan als de kerkvader die met zijn opvattingen over God, de mens en de genade zijn stempel op de wereldgeschiedenis heeft gedrukt. Maar hij dacht ook zijn leven lang na over de manier waarop hij en zijn vrienden hun leven gestalte konden geven.

Schatplichtig aan de klassieke filosofie en de wijsheid uit de Schrift hield hij zich bezig met thema's als beheersing en onmatigheid, gemeenschap en vriendschap, geld en geluk, genot en het moreel goede, het herstellen van beschadigde relaties, integriteit en het tegendeel daarvan, maar vooral met waarachtigheid.

Wie zijn werken leest vindt geen antwoorden op vragen die wij ons in de 21e eeuw stellen. Maar zijn woorden over leven en levenskunst zijn vanwege hun diepzinnigheid, eenvoud en praktische wijsheid eye-openers voor mensen, die in de huidige samenleving naar een 'geordend leven in welbevinden' streven.

Meinema/Averbode, 2011, pap, 182 pp, € 18.50, 9789021142777
Geest, P. van & J. van Oort (red.)
Augustiniana Neerlandica. Aspecten van Augustinus spiritualiteit en haar doorwerking
Peeters, 2005, geb, 539 pp, € 54.90, 9789042916272
Georges, T.
Tertullian. Apologeticum
by order
Kommentar zu fruhchristlichen Apologeten 10, Herder, 2011, geb, 592 pp, € 112.50, 9783451290480
Gilette, G.
Four Faces of Anger. Seneca, Evagrius Ponticus, Cassian, and Augustine
Four Faces of Anger brings to the modern age wisdom on the topic of anger by four ancient authors. These authors are broadly representative of the classic views on anger in the tradition: Seneca, the first century A.D. stoic philosopher whose moral teaching won the admiration of pagans and Christians alike, even that of the irascible Jerome; Evagrius, who represents the monastic anchoretic tradition of the desert and its emphasis on the spiritual growth of the individual; Cassian, who trained in the same desert - shaped this tradition to speak to cenobites in the West. Our last author, Augustine, treats of the subject both as monastic legislator for his monks and as bishop for his lay congregation. His Rule for monks has one whole chapter devoted to the topic of how to deal with anger in a community setting.

The reader will soon realize that the Christian authors are not much interested in what anger is from a psychological perspective - though their treatment of anger is not entirely devoid of this element - but their focus is rather on how the vice of anger inhibits the spiritual growth of the soul and its relationship with God. Everyone, whether monastic or not, will glean from these pages the essential elements of detecting, eliminating, and controlling the negative side of this emotion.

University Press of America, 2010, pap, 157 pp, € 24.50, 9780761851691
Goodrich, R.J.
Contextualizing Cassian. Aristocrats, Asceticism, and Reormation in Fifth-Century Gaul
Richard J. Goodrich examines the attempt by the fifth-century ascetic writer John Cassian to influence and shape the development of Western monasticism. Goodrich's close analysis of Cassian's earliest work (The Institutes) focuses on his interaction with the values and preconceptions of a traditional Roman elite, as well as his engagement with contemporary writers. By placing The Institutes in context, Goodrich demonstrates just how revolutionary this foundational work was for its time and milieu.
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2007, geb, 298 pp, € 122.50, 9780199213139
Grafton, A & M. Williams
Christianity and the Transformation of the Book. Origen, Eusebius and the Library of Caesarena
When early Christians began to study the Bible, and to write their own history and that of the Jews whom they claimed to supersede, they used scholarly methods invented by the librarians and literary critics of Hellenistic Alexandria. But Origen and Eusebius, two scholars of late Roman Caesarea, produced new kinds of books, in which parallel columns made possible critical comparisons previously unenvisioned.
Harvard UP, 2008, pap, 367 pp, € 26.95, 9780674030480
Green, B.
The Soteriology of Leo the Great
Oxford Theological Monographs, Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 272 pp, € 92.50, 9780199534951
Green, R.P.H.
Latin Epics of the New Testament. Juvencus, Sedulius, Arator
Latin Epics of the New Testament is about the growth of Christianity, and in particular the challenge of engaging with the Roman intellectual elite and its highly sophisticated Graeco-Roman tradition. In this culture epics like those of Vergil and Lucan were highly valued for their language, their 'heroic' themes, and their Rome-centred ideologies. Roger Green examines each of these epics in detail, showing how the three authors Juvencus, Sedulius, and Arator repackage the New Testament as epic, and try to make a bridge between two very different cultures. He explores the fascinating questions of how these authors exploit epic themes such as gods, heroes, war, and fate, without playing down the very real theological concerns of their times. All these poets were popular in the Middle Ages and later, and are the pioneers of poetry that leads to Renaissance epic and the famous poems of John Milton.
Oxford UP, 2006, geb, 464 pp, € 127.50, 9780199284573
Gregorius de Grote
Dialogen. Het leven van Benedictus en andere heiligen
vertaald en van een nawoord voorzien door G. Bartelink en F. van der Meer Op bestelling
SUN, 2001, geb, 413 pp, € 39.50, 9058751112
Gregorius de Grote
Je borsten zijn zoeter dan wijn: Commentaar op Hooglied (Expositio in Canticum canticorum )
Het bijbelboek Hooglied gaat over de romantische, soms zelfs erotische liefde tussen een hij en een zij, een bruidegom en een bruid. Die hij en die zij zijn in de loop van de eeuwen op verschillende manieren geinterpreteerd. Zo kunnen ze verwijzen naar God en de ziel. Ze kunnen ook verwijzen naar Gods volk en God zoals feministische theologen suggereren.

Gregorius de Grote (ca. 540-604) legt de bruidegom en de bruid uit als Christus en de kerk. Hij doet dat in zijn commentaar op Hooglied. Van dit commentaar is helaas niet meer over dan een uitvoerige inleiding en een uitleg van de eerste verzen. De rest is verloren gegaan. Toch is de tekst van belang. Hij laat zien hoe de bijbel in Gregorius' tijd werd uitgelegd en waarop bij het schrijven van een bijbelcommentaar vooral werd gelet.

Hooglied is voor Gregorius een leerzaam en hartverwarmend boek. Wie bereid is om de tekst samen met Gregorius zorgvuldig te lezen en te interpreteren, zal er veel inspiratie aan opdoen. "Het is een lied waarin we onze band met God bezingen," zegt hij. "Dit lied is verhevener dan alle andere liederen, in die zin dat het wordt gezongen op een bruiloft die verhevener en feestelijker is dan alle andere bruiloften. Gewone liederen zorgen ervoor dat je fouten vermijdt, Hooglied dat je rijkelijk van deugden wordt voorzien. Gewone liederen zorgen ervoor dat je oppast voor de vijand, Hooglied dat je je beminde uit vertrouwde liefde omarmt."

Damon, 2007, geb, 145 pp, € 17.90, 9789055738205
Gregory, A. & C. Tuckett (eds)
The New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers 2 Vols: The Reception of the New Testament in the Apostolic Fathers & Trajectories through the New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers
The New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers, Oxford UP, 2007, pap, € 75.00, 9780199230068
Gregory, A. & C. Tuckett (eds)
Trajectories through the New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers
The New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers Vol 2, Oxford UP, 2007, pap, 524 pp, € 44.90, 9780199230051
Gregory, A. F. & C. Tuckett (eds.)
The Reception of the New Testament in the Apostolic Fathers
The New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers Vol 1, Oxford UP, 2007, pap, 390 pp, € 36.00, 9780199230075
Gregory, E.
Politics & the Order of Love. An Augustian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship
Chicago UP, 2008, geb, 417 pp, € 34.90, 9780226307510
Gregory the Great
Gregory the Great on the Song of Songs
Cistercian Studies Series 244, Cistercian Publications, 2012, pap, 326 pp, € 36.95, 9780879072445
Gregory the Great (Gregorius de Grote)
Life and Miracles of St Benedict
The Liturgical Press, pap, 87 pp, € 8.95, 9780814603215
Griggs, C.W.
Early Egyptian Christianity. From its Origins to 451 CE
Brill s Scholars List, Brill, 2000, pap, 276 pp, € 33.90, 9004119264
Grillmeier, A.
Jesus der Christus im Glauben der Kirche. Die Kirche von Alexandrien mit Nubien und Aethipien. Bnd II/4
Herder Verlag, 1990, geb, 436 pp, € 52.50, 345122027x
Gwilliam, G.H.
The Epistle of Eusebius to Carpianus. A Critical Edition of the Syriac Text with an Essay on the Ammonian Sections, Eusebian Canons, and Harmonizing Tables in the Syriac Gospels
reprint, orig. publ. 1890
Analecta Gorgiana 21, Gorgias Press, 2006, pap, 54 pp, € 42.30, 1593334990 / 9781593334994
Gwynn, D. M.
Athanasius of Alexandria: Bishop, Theologian, Ascetic, Father
Athanasius of Alexandria (c.295-373) is one of the greatest and most controversial figures of early Christian history. His life spanned the period of fundamental change for the Roman Empire and the Christian Church that followed the conversion of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Roman emperor. A bishop and theologian, an ascetic and a pastoral father, Athanasius played a central role in shaping Christianity in these crucial formative years. As bishop of Alexandria (328-73) he fought to unite the divided Egyptian Church and inspired admiration and opposition alike from fellow bishops and the emperor Constantine and his successors. Athanasius attended the first ecumenical Council of Nicaea summoned by Constantine in 325 and as a theologian would be remembered as the defender of the original Nicene Creed against the 'Arian' heresy. He was also a champion of the ascetic movement that transformed Christianity, a patron of monks and virgins and the author of numerous ascetic works including the famous Life of Antony. All these elements played their part in Athanasius' vocation as a pastoral father, responsible for the physical and spiritual wellbeing of his congregations.

This book offers the first study in English to draw together these diverse yet inseparable roles that defined Athanasius' life and the influence that he exerted on subsequent Christian tradition. The presentation is accessible to both specialists and non-specialists and is illuminated throughout by extensive quotation from Athanasius' many writings, for it is through his own words that we may best approach this remarkable man.

Christian Theology in Context, Oxford UP, 2012, pap, 230 pp, € 27.50, 9780199210954
Hagg, H.F.
Clement of Alexandria and the Beginnings of Christian Apophaticism
Oxford Early Christian Series, Oxford UP, 2006, geb, 314 pp, € 73.90, 0199288089 / 9780199288083
Hagman, P.
The Asceticism of Isaac of Nineveh (Isaac the Syrian)
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2010, geb, 254 pp, € 81.50, 9780199593194
Hamman, A. & A. Fuerst
Kleine Geschichte der Kirchenvaeter
Herder, 2005, pap, 222 pp, € 13.90, 3451285169 / 9783451285165
Hanby, M.
Augustine and Modernity (Augustinus)
by order / te bestellen
Radical Orthodoxy Series, Routledge, 2003, pap, 292pp, € 33.50, 0415284694
Hanson, R.P.C.
The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God. The Arian Controversy, 318-381
T&T Clark, 2005 (1988), pap, 931 pp, € 58.90, 056703092x / 9780567030924
Harding, B
Augustine and Roman Virtue
Continuum Studies in Philosophy, Continuum, 2008, geb, 207 pp, € 89.90, 9781847062857
Harmless, W.
Desert Christians. An Introduction to the Literature of Early Monasticism
In this book, William Harmless provides an accessible introduction to early Christian monastic literature from Egypt and beyond. He introduces the reader to the major figures and literary texts, as well offering an up-to-date survey of current questions and scholarship in the field. The text is enhanced by the inclusion of chronologies, maps, outlines, illustrations, and bibliographies. The book will not only serve as a text for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses on early Christianity, the Desert Fathers, and Christian asceticism, but it should stimulate further research by making the fruits of recent scholarship more readily and widely available.
Oxford, 2004, geb, 488 pp, € 33.50, 9780195162233
Harrison, C.
Rethinking Augustine’s Early Theology: An Argument for Continuity
Oxford UP, 2008, pap, 302 pp, € 32.50, 9780199543649
Harrison, S.
Augustine’s Way into the Will. The Theological and Philosophical Significance of De Libero Arbitrio
Oxford Early Christian Studies Series, Oxford UP, 2006, geb, 191 pp, € 74.90, 0198269846 / 9780198269847
Hatlie, P.
Monks and Monasteries of Constantinople, Ca. 350-850
Cambridge UP, 2008, geb, 566 pp, € 97.95, 9780521848213
Heffernan, Thomas J.
The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity
One of the most widely read and studied texts produced in Late Antiquity is the prison diary of a young woman who was martyred in the year 202 or 203 C.E. in Carthage, as part of a civic celebration. Her name was Perpetua, and, despite her honorable marriage and her baby son, she refused to recant her faith after she was arrested with a group of Christians. Imprisoned with her was a slave girl called Felicitas, who was in an advanced state of pregnancy. Felicitas gave birth just before she entered the arena, where the two women were mauled by wild animals and died with their fellow inmates. A description of their heroic deaths is appended to the diary by an editor, who tells us that, as they died, Perpetua and Felicitas arranged each other's clothes modestly and finally bid farewell in this life with the kiss of peace. This remarkable document survives in one Greek manuscript and nine Latin versions. Perpetua's story is read in numerous courses and, thanks to the Frontline (PBS) special "From Jesus to Christ," it has found a growing popular audience. Thomas Heffernan's new edition of this extraordinary work contains much that has never been done before, including a new English translation and the first detailed historical commentary in English on the entire narrative of the Passion. It also includes newly edited versions of the Latin manuscripts and - rarer still - a version of the Greek manuscript. He concludes the book with a description of all of the known manuscripts and thorough scholarly indices of the text itself.
Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 557 pp, € 84.95, 9780199777570
Hegedus, T.
Early Christianity and Ancient Astrology
Series edited by Gerald Bray
Patristic Studies, Vol. 6, Peter Lang, 2007, geb, 397 pp, € 71.50, 9780820472577
Heine, R.E.
Gregory (Gregorius) of Nyssa s Treatise on the Inscriptions of the Psalms
Gregory of Nyssa (c.330-395) made important contributions to both theological thought and the understanding of the spiritual life. He was especially significant in adapting the thought of Origen to fourth century orthodoxy. The early treatise on the inscriptions of the Psalms shows the early stages of the development of Gregory's thought. This book presents the first translation of the treatise in a modern language. The annotations show Gregory's indebtedness to the thought of classical antiquity as well as to the Bible. The Introduction sets forth the structure of Gregory's treatise, and places it in the context of earlier Christian commentaries on the Psalms. It shows how his hermeneutical approach was influenced by both Iamblichus the Neo-Platonist and Origen. Finally, Dr Heine compares Gregory's understanding of the stages of the spiritual life in the treatise with that in his later and more widely known writings on the life of Moses and the Song of Songs.
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford, 1995, geb, 221 pp, € 106.50, 9780198267638
Heine, R.E.
Origen. Scholarship in the Service of the Church
Christian Theology in Context, Oxford UP, 2010, geb, 275 pp, € 71.00, 9780199209071
Heine, R.E.
Origen. Scholarship in the Service of the Church
Christian Theology in Context, Oxford UP, 2010, pap, 275 pp, € 24.50, 9780199209088
Heinzelmann, M.
Gregory of Tours (Gregorius). History and Society in the Sixth Century
Cambridge UP, 2001, geb, 235 pp, € 70.40, 0521631742
Hekster, Olivier en Corjo Jansen (red)
Constantijn de Grote. Traditie en verandering
1700 jaar geleden, op 28 oktober 312, behaalde Constantijn bij de Milvische brug van Rome een beslissende overwinning op Maxentius, zijn grootste tegenstander in het westen van het Romeinse rijk. Deze overwinning had vergaande gevolgen. Constantijn werd de onbetwiste leider van het Romeinse rijk en de eerste keizer die zich tot het Christendom bekeerde. Tijdens zijn regeerperiode werd Constantinopel de dominante stad en ook op andere terreinen, vooral dat van het recht, was de heerschappij van Constantijn invloedrijk. Vaak wordt Constantijn daarom als grote vernieuwer gepresenteerd. Maar kunnen we de veranderingen wel aan de keizer zelf toeschrijven? In hoeverre zijn ze het natuurlijke vervolg op ontwikkelingen van eerdere decennia? En waarin precies weken de 'vernieuwingen' van Constantijn af van de klassieke traditie? Op deze vragen probeert dit boek een antwoord te geven. De auteurs belichten uiteraard Constantijns keizerschap en zijn impact op het Romeinse recht. Maar ook godsdienst, literatuur, de beeldende kunsten en monumenten komen aan de orde.

Met bijdragen van: Sible de Blaauw, Olivier Hekster, Vincent Hunink, Corjo Jansen, Eric Moormann, Peter Nissen, Paul Stephenson, Bernard Stolte en Rick Verhagen

Vantilt, 2012, pap, 207 pp, € 14.95, 9789460040962
Hermanowicz, E.T.
Possidius of Calama: A Study of the North African Episcopate
Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 254 pp, € 79.90, 9780199236350
Herrmann, F. W. von
Augustine and the Phenomenological Question of Time
Prijs onder voorbehoud.
Edwin Mellen Press, 2008, geb, 216 pp, € 86.50, 9780773451315
Hevelone-Harper, Jennifer L.
Disciples of the desert. Monks,Laity,and Spiritual Authority in Sixth-century Gaz
On the periphery of the Roman empire, the sixth-century desert city of Gaza served as a crossroads between Palestine and Egypt. The nearby village of Tawatha was home to the thriving monastery of Abbot Seridos and the renowned anchorites Barsanuphius, known to the people as the Great Old Man, and his disciple John. The laity of the area looked to the monks for spiritual leadership, as did their brother monks, bishops, and religious leaders from as far away as Jerusalem and Constantinople. Having adopted a life of physical isolation, the monks communicated with others by letters, offering guidance in such matters as treatment of slaves, distribution of alms, interpretation of visions, and social relations with pagans and Jews.

This extraordinary correspondence opens a window into the spiritual world of the desert monastery and the lay community it served. In Disciples of the Desert, Jennifer Hevelone-Harper uses a careful study of the letters to reveal fascinating insights into the monastic community and sixth-century Christian spirituality.

Hevelone-Harper explains the network of spiritual authority that was created to lead the monastic community and discusses how monastic leaders responded to challenges to authority, appointed successors, and chose and mentored disciples. She reveals the immense love that Abbot Seridos, Barsanuphius, and John had for their fellow monastics and for the lay community in Tawatha, Gaza, and beyond.

Jennifer L. Hevelone-Harper is a professor of history at Gordon College.

Johns Hopkins UP, 2005, geb, 211 pp, € 54.95, 9780801881107
Hevelone-Harper, Jennifer L.
Disciples of the Desert. Monks, Laity, and Spiritual Authority in Sixth-Century Gaza
On the periphery of the Roman empire, the sixth-century desert city of Gaza served as a crossroads between Palestine and Egypt. The nearby village of Tawatha was home to the thriving monastery of Abbot Seridos and the renowned anchorites Barsanuphius, known to the people as the Great Old Man, and his disciple John. The laity of the area looked to the monks for spiritual leadership, as did their brother monks, bishops, and religious leaders from as far away as Jerusalem and Constantinople. Having adopted a life of physical isolation, the monks communicated with others by letters, offering guidance in such matters as treatment of slaves, distribution of alms, interpretation of visions, and social relations with pagans and Jews.

This extraordinary correspondence opens a window into the spiritual world of the desert monastery and the lay community it served. In Disciples of the Desert, Jennifer Hevelone-Harper uses a careful study of the letters to reveal fascinating insights into the monastic community and sixth-century Christian spirituality.

Hevelone-Harper explains the network of spiritual authority that was created to lead the monastic community and discusses how monastic leaders responded to challenges to authority, appointed successors, and chose and mentored disciples. She reveals the immense love that Abbot Seridos, Barsanuphius, and John had for their fellow monastics and for the lay community in Tawatha, Gaza, and beyond.

Jennifer L. Hevelone-Harper is a professor of history at Gordon College.

Johns Hopkins UP, 2014, pap, 211 pp, € 41.95, 9781421413860
Brieven Band I en Band II
HIERONYMUS (ca. 347 - 420) trok zich, na omzwervingen die hem in Trier, Antiochie, Constantinopel en Rome hadden gebracht, in 385 terug in een klooster in Bethlehem. Hij genoot groot gezag als theoloog en kenner van het Latijn, het Grieks en het Hebreeuws. Vele brieven heeft hij geschreven, aan vele personen in alle delen van het Romeinse Rijk. Daarin behandelde hij uiteenlopende onderwerpen: voorschriften voor opvoeding; regels voor het leven in eenzaamheid; de onverenigbaarheid van rijkdom en christen-zijn; de betekenis van gehuwd en niet-gehuwd zijn; de interpretatie van bijbelpassages; de kunst van het vertalen. Fel bestreed hij ketterse ideeen, bij voorbeeld van Jovinianus (over het huwelijk) en Pelagius (over vrije wilskeuze). Door zijn op verzoek gemaakte vertaling van een stuk waarin het denken van Origenes ter discussie werd gesteld haalde hij zich de beschuldiging van ketterij op de hals, waardoor hij zich gedwongen zag om jarenlang zijn rechtgelovigheid te verdedigen. Te midden van zijn correspondentie is de soms op kribbige toon geschreven, maar steeds uiterst scherpzinnige briefwisseling met Augustinus opmerkelijk.

Ongeveer anderhalve eeuw na zijn dood zal Cassiodorus schrijven: Helder, geleerd en prachtig formulerend richt Hieronymus zich vriendelijk tot nederigen en bars tot hoogmoedigen; critici dient hij met scherpe tong van repliek; hij bezingt de maagdelijkheid en verdedigt het kuise huwelijk; hij looft de glorieuze strijd om de deugden en hekelt misstappen bij geestelijken of verdorvenheid bij monniken. Vaak wisselt hij zijn betoog af met voorbeelden uit het heidendom, en steeds weet hij dankzij zijn perfecte taalbeheersing een evenwichtig en overtuigend geheel te scheppen.

Op naam van Hieronymus is een collectie van 154 brieven overgeleverd. Van deze brieven is dit de eerste integrale Nederlandse vertaling. Vertaald uit het Latijn en van aantekeningen voorzien door Chris Tazelaar.

Damon, 2009, geb, 700 pp, € 84.90, 9789055738977
Op weg naar de hemel: Verhalen over kluizenaars
Vertaling Vincent Huning
Vantilt, 2008, pap, 91 pp, € 14.95, 9789460040054
Paula in Palestina: Hieronymus biografie van een rijke Romeinse christin. Vertaald en toegelicht door P.W. van der Horst
Serie Ad Fontes, Meinema, 2006, pap, 145 pp, € 16.50, 9021141078 / 9789021141077
Hieronymus ( Boer, Esther de, vert. en inleiding)
Marcella van Rome. Een gedenkschrift van Hieronymus
Wie denkt dat alleen kerkvaders het in de vroege kerk voor het zeggen hadden vergist zich. Er waren ook 'kerkmoeders'. De jonge weduwe Marcella van Rome uit de vierde eeuw was een van hen. Haar villa was tegelijkertijd een theologische school, een klooster en een instelling voor armenzorg.

Dankzij Hieronymus' brief over haar leven is de herinnering aan haar bewaard gebleven. In dit deel van Ad Fontes is deze brief in het Latijn afgedrukt en vertaald. Daaraan voorafgaand is een gedeelte uit een andere brief opgenomen, waarin Hieronymus zijn omgang met vrouwen verdedigt. Een verhelderende inleiding geeft een levendig beeld van Marcella en Hieronymus en van de vroegchristelijke discussie over de door God beschikte rol van de vrouw.

Ad Fontes, Meinema, 2009, pap, 86pp, € 15.20, 9789021142296
Hilary of Poitiers. St.
Commentary on Matthew
When the writing of Latin biblical commentaries was still in its infancy, a young bishop from Poitiers, in Gaul, penned a passage-by-passage exposition on the Gospel of Matthew. It is the first of its kind to have survived almost completely intact. Published now for the first time in English translation, Hilary's commentary offers a close look at Latin theology and exegesis before the Nicene Creed was considered the sole standard of orthodoxy.

Likely the earliest of Hilary's writings, this commentary has none of the polemic against the "Arians" that figured so prominently in most of his later works. Nonetheless, there exists in this text an oft-stated concern with those who interpreted the Incarnation as grounds for construing Christ as only a man rather than professing Christ as God and man.

Other noteworthy features of the commentary include Hilary's interest in the relation between Law and Gospel and his articulation of a Pauline-based view of justification by faith. In his view, the importance of the Law before the Gospel was indisputable and necessary. For Jews, it was considered the way of redemption. With the advent of Christ, it became an eschatological guide directing all future believers into the grace that comes by faith. Hilary's emphasis on God's righteousness conferred on a helpless race represents a far more pronounced application of Paul's thought than in any previous Latin writer.

Catholic University of America Press, 2013, geb, 317 pp, € 46.50, 9780813201252
Hildebrand, S.M.
The Trinitarian Theology of Basil of Caesarea. A Synthesis of Greek Thought and Biblical Truth
Catholic University of America Press, 2007, geb, 254 pp, € 66.50, 9780813214733
Hill, Ch.
The Johannine Corpus in the Early Church
Oxford UP, 2006, pap, 552 pp, € 65.00, 9780199291441
Hinlicky, P.R.
Divine Complexity. The Rise of Creedal Christianity
Fortress Press, 2011, pap, 284p, € 29.50, 9780800696696
Hochschild, P.E.
Memory in Augustine's Theological Anthropology
This book explores the theme of 'memory' in Augustine's works, tracing its philosophical and theological significance. The first part explores the philosophical history of memory in Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus. The second part shows how Augustine inherits this theme and treats it in his early writings. The third and final part seeks to show how Augustine's theological understanding of Christ draws on and resolves tensions in the theme of memory.

The place of memory in the theological anthropology of Augustine has its roots in the Platonic epistemological tradition. Augustine actively engages with this tradition in his early writings in a manner that is both philosophically sophisticated and doctrinally consistent with his later, more overtly theological writings. From the Cassiacum dialogues through De musica, Augustine points to the central importance of memory: he examines the power of the soul as something that mediates sense perception and understanding, while explicitly deferring a more profound treatment of it until Confessions and De trinitate. In these two texts, memory is the foundation for the location of the Imago Dei in the mind. It becomes the basis for the spiritual experience of the embodied creature, and a source of the profound anxiety that results from the sensed opposition of human time and divine time (aeterna ratio). This tension is contained and resolved, to a limited extent, in Augustine's Christology, in the ability of a paradoxical incarnation to unify the temporal and the eternal (in Confessions 11 and 12), and the life of faith (scientia) with the promised contemplation of the divine (sapientia, in De trinitate 12-14).

Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 272 pp, € 91.00, 9780199643028
Hoek, J.
Vers christendom: Getuigenissen uit de vroege kerk
THGB-reeks, Groen, 2010, pap, 223 pp, € 14.95, 9789058299628
Hollingworth, M.
The Pilgrim City. St Augustine of Hippo and his Innovation in Political Thought.
This is an outstanding new examination of St. Augustine's political philosophy and of its bearing upon the roots of Western civilization. In this book Miles Hollingworth investigates how Augustine's understanding of discipleship causes him to resist the normal tendencies of Western political thinkers. On the one hand he does not attempt to delineate an ideal state in the classical fashion: to his mind, 'The Garden of Eden' can be an archetype for nothing on earth. And on the other, he does not seek to achieve an ideological perspective on the proper relations between Church and State. In fact his "Pilgrim City" is shown to lie beyond utopianism, realism and the normal terms of political discourse. It stands, instead, as a singular challenge to the aspirations of politics in the West; and so standing it calls for a reassessment of his position in the history of political thought. This book will be of interest to theologians as well as historians of political thought. It will also appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of ideas.
T&T Clark, 2010, pap, 230 pp, € 27.00, 9780567480101
Hollingworth, Miles
Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography
Augustine was one of the West's first public philosophers. Intellectually brilliant and a gifted writer, he is known primarily as one of the great figures of Christian late antiquity. In this new biography we encounter him through the complexities of his remarkable personality. Miles Hollingworth demonstrates that it was as a personality that he turned against his Age to explore the shocking relevance of one life to God and history. His autobiography, the Confessions, is held up by many today as the first truly modern book.
Bloomsbury Continuum, 2013, geb, 312 pp, € 27.00, 9781441173720
Holmes, A.
A Life Pleasing to God. The Spirituality of the Rules of St Basil
Cistercian Studies Series, 189, Cistercian Publications, 2000, pap, 282 pp, € 28.50, 9780879076894
Horn, C.B.
Asceticism and Christological Controversy in Fifth-Century Palestine. The Career of Peter the Iberian
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2006, geb, 509 pp, € 157.50, 0199277532 / 9780199277537
Horner Timothy J.
Listening to Trypho Justin's Dialogue with Trypho Reconsidered
The primary focus of this study is the figure of Trypho in Justin Martyr's Dialogue with Trypho, A Jew (mid-second century C.E.). A close-reading of Trypho's character reveals a consistent figure who does not appear to be based on a Jewish stereotype or Christian invention. Instead, he is a pre-rabbinic Diaspora Jew whose argumentation style is philosophical, even Socratic. By listening to Trypho one can hear a voice with its own sensibility, style and agenda. It is a voice which defies fiction. This work also forwards the hypothesis that within the Dialogue there is a free-standing text comprised almost exclusively of dialogue material. This work provides evidence that the 'Trypho Text' was once the core of the original dialogue (ca. 135-137 C.E.). This investigation of Trypho is important for our understanding of early Christianity, second-century Judaism, and the relationship between them.
Contributions to Biblical Exegesis & Theology, 28, Peeters, 2001, pap, x, 222 pp, € 42.50, 9789042910409
Horst, Pieter W. van der
Het Joodse koninkrijk van Himyar en de christelijke martelaars van Nadjran. Joden en christenen in Arabie in de zesde eeuw
In dit boekje wordt een onbekende maar fascinerende episode uit de vroege joodse geschiedenis behandeld. Het gaat om het joodse koninkrijk in het Zuid-Arabische Himyar (het huidige Jemen) en de christenvervolging die daar plaatsvond in de jaren twintig van de zesde eeuw van onze jaartelling. Door nieuwe vondsten en intensieve studie van documenten uit de oudheid (in het Syrisch, Grieks en Arabisch) is er de laatste tijd nieuw licht op dit koninkrijk en de gebeurtenissen aldaar geworpen. De huidige stand van onze kennis inzake deze geschiedenis wordt in dit boek samengevat. Tevens vertaalde Pieter van der Horst het belangrijkste document dat deze unieke christenvervolging van joodse zijde beschrijft, en voorzag hij het van een uitgebreide toelichting. Een en ander geeft een boeiend inzicht in de geestelijke en politieke machtsverhoudingen in Arabie in de eeuw die voorafging aan het optreden van Mohammed.
Athenaeum, 2015, pap, 120 pp, € 12.50, 9789025307769
Horst, P van der
Daniel de pilaarheilige (409-493)
Zijn levensbeschrijving uit het Grieks vertaald en toegelicht
Bronnen van spiritualiteit, Meinema averbode, 2009, geb, 111 pp, € 22.50, 9789021142326
Houghton, H.A.G.
Augustines Text of John. Patristic Citations and Latin Gospel Manuscripts
By order.
Oxford Early Christianity Studies, Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 407 pp, € 78.50, 9780199545926
Hugonis de Sancto Victore (cura et studio R. Berndt SJ)
Hugonis de Sancto Victore: De sacramentis Christiane fidei
Corpus Victorinum, Textus historici, vol 1, Aschendorff Verlag, 2008, geb, 647 pp, € 82.90, 9783402104200
Humfress, C.
Orthodoxy and the Courts in Late Antiquity
Oxford UP, 2007, geb, 344 pp, € 123.00, 9780198208419
Humphries,Thomas L. Jr.
Ascetic Pneumatology from John Cassian to Gregory the Great
Ascetic Pneumatology from John Cassian to Gregory the Great presents three interconnected arguments. The first argument concerns scholarly readings of antiquity: there are developments in 5th and 6th century Latin pneumatology which we have overlooked. Theologians like John Cassian and Gregory the Great were engaged in a significant discussion of how the Holy Spirit works within Christian ascetics to reform their inner lives. Other theologians, like Leo the Great, participate to a lesser extent in a similar project. They applied pneumatology to theological anthropology. Thomas L. Humphries, Jr. labels that development "ascetic pneumatology," and begins to track some of the late antique schools of thought about the Holy Spirit.

The second argument concerns the reception of Augustine in the two centuries immediately after his death: Humphries demonstrates significant engagements with Augustine's theology as it was relevant to Pelagianism (evidenced in Prosper of Aquitaine), as it was relevant to Gallic Arians (evidenced with the Lerinian theologians), and as it was relevant to African Arians and certain questions posed of Nestorianism (evidenced with Fulgentius of Ruspe). Instead of attempting to rank various theologians as better and worse "Augustinians," Humphries argues that there were different kinds of "Augustinianisms" even in the years immediately after Augustine.

The third argument concerns Gregory the Great and his sources. Once we see that ascetic pneumatology was a strain of thought in this era and see that there are different kinds of Augustinianisms, we can see that Gregory depends on both Augustine and Cassian. In the closing chapters, Humphries argues that Gregory uses Cassian's ascetic pneumatology, and this allows Gregory's synthesis of Cassian and Augustine to stand in greater relief than it has before.

The study begins with Cassian, ends with Gregory, and is attentive to Augustine throughout.

Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2013, geb, 237 pp, € 87.00, 9780199685035
Hunt, E.J.
Christianity in the Second Century. The Case of Tatian (Tatianus)
Routledge Early Church Monographs, Routledge, 2003, pap, 240pp, € 34.50, 9780415304061
Hwang, A.Y.
Intrepid Lover of Perfect Grace. The Life and Thought of Prosper of Aquitaine
Catholic University of America Press, 2009, pap, 267pp, € 42.50, 9780813216706
Isidore of Seville (Knoebel, Th. L., transl & intr.)
De Ecclesiasticis Officiis
Ancient Christian Writings, The Works of the Fathers in Translation, vol 61, Newman Press, 2008, pap, 133 pp, € 24.50, 9780809105816
Iustini Martyris (Justinius)
Iustini Martyris: Apologiae pro Christianis, Dialogus cum Tryphone
Edited by M. Marcovich
Patristische Texte und Studien 38, Walter de Gruyter, 2005, geb, 339 pp, € 134.00, 3110185415
Jefford, C.N.
The Apostolic Fathers and the New Testament
Hendrickson, 2006, pap, 267 pp, € 19.90, 9781565634251
Jefford, C.N.
The Apostolic Fathers An Essential Guide
Essential Guides Series, Abingdon Press, 2005, pap, 133 pp, € 16.00, 9780687342044
Jerome / Hieronimus
Commentary on Galatians
Fathers of the Church Series 121, The Catholic University of America Press, 2011, geb, 283 pp, € 45.00, 9780813201214
Jerome, St. ( Richard J. Goodrich, David J. D. Miller - eds)
St. Jerome: Commentary on Ecclesiastes
This first-ever translation into English of this early work by St. Jerome includes a commentary by the translators that not only elucidates the difficulties but also presents an original view of Jerome's approach to the theological issues raised by this challenging book of the Bible.
Ancient Christian Writers 66, Paulist Press, 2013, geb, 258 pp, € 42.00, 9780809106011
Jerome, St., Schenck, T. P. (transl)
St. Jerome: Commentary on Matthew
St. Jerome (347-420) has been considered the pre-eminent scriptural commentator among the Latin Church Fathers. His Commentary on Matthew, written in 398 and profoundly influential in the West, appears here for the first time in English translation. Jerome covers the entire text of Matthew's gospel by means of brief explanatory comments that clarify the text literally and historically. Although he himself resided in Palestine for forty years, Jerome often relies on Origen and Josephus for local information and traditions. His stated aim is to offer a streamlined and concise exegesis that avoids excessive spiritual interpretation.

Jerome depends on the works of a series of antecedent commentators, both Greek and Latin, the most important of whom is Origen, yet he avoids the extremes in Origen's allegorical interpretations. His polemic against theological opponents is a prominent thrust of his exegetical comments. The Arians, the Gnostics, and the Helvidians are among his most important targets. Against Arius, Jerome stresses that the Son did not lack omniscience. Against Marcion and Mani, Jerome holds that Jesus was a real human being, with flesh and bones, and that men become sons of God by their own free choice, not by the nature with which they are born. Against Helvidius, Jerome defends the perpetual virginity of Mary.

In this commentary, Jerome calls attention to the activity of the Trinity as a principal unifying theme of the Gospel of Matthew. He also stresses that exertions are necessary for the Christian to attain eternal salvation; that free will is a reality; that human beings cooperate with divine grace; and that it is possible to obtain merit during the earthly life.

Fathers of the Church, vol 117, CUA Press, 2009, geb, 345 pp, € 49.95, 9780813201177
John Cassian (Johannes Cassianus)
Saint John Cassian on Prayer
SLG Press, 2006, pap, 60 pp, € 6.75, 9780728301665
John of Damascus, Saint
Three Treatises on the Divine Images
Popular Patristics Series, SVS Press, 2003, pap, 163pp, € 18.50, 9780881412451
Johnson, Aaron, Jeremy Schott (eds)
Eusebius of Caesarea: Tradition and Innovations
Eusebius of Caesarea was one of the most significant and voluminous contributors to the development of late antique literary culture. Despite his significance, Eusebius has tended to receive attention more as a source for histories of early Christianity and the Constantinian empire than as a writer and thinker in his own right. He was a compiler and copyist of pagan and Christian texts, collator of a massive chronographical work, commentator on scriptural texts, author of apologetic, historical, educational, and biographical works, and custodian of one of the greatest libraries in the ancient world. As such, Eusebius merits a primary place in our appreciation of the literary culture of late antiquity for both his self-conscious conveyance of multiple traditions and his fostering of innovative literary and intellectual trajectories. By focusing on the full range of Eusebius's literary corpus, the collection of essays in Eusebius of Caesarea offers new and innovative studies that will change the ways classicists, theologians, and ancient historians think about this major figure.
Hellenic Studies Series 60, Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies, 2013, pap, 380 pp, € 26.50, 9780674073296
Jones, T.
The Teaching of the Twelve. Believing & Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community
Paraclete Press, 2009, pap, 125 pp, € 15.00, 9781557255907
Jong, M. de, E. Rose & H. Teunis (red)
Rondom Gregorius van Tours
Utrechtse Historische Reeks, Verloren, 2001, pap, 175 pp, € 15.88, 9072131460
Jurg, Wim
De vierde eeuw, of hoe het christendom staatsgodsdienst werd
Wim Jurg weet erg veel over de relatief onbekende vierde eeuw en kan er boeiend over vertellen. Maar vooral heeft hij het talent om de grote historische gebeurtenissen terug te brengen tot herkenbare menselijke proporties. Daardoor is dit boek niet slechts een verslag van gebeurtenissen van lang geleden, maar vooral ook een boeiende studie van de dubbelzinnigheid van de mens die schippert tussen zijn idealen en kortetermijnbelangen. De vierde eeuw leest als een roman, en het zal veel lezers moeite kosten om het voor de nacht weg te leggen - Sjoerd Mulder, Trouw, 18/11/11
Damon, 2011, geb, 200 pp, € 29.90, 9789460360169
Kaatz , K.W.
Early Controversies and the Growth of Christianity
Drawing from primary texts, "Early Controversies and the Growth of Christianity" reveals how the religion was formed through a series of conflicts that occurred primarily between Christian groups. Presenting a close examination of the first four centuries of Christian history through the lens of the controversies that animated, disturbed, and finally formed the Church, the book will enable readers to become familiar with the lives and writings of the early Christians and to better understand the fascinating history of early Christianity. The book focuses on several major early controversies. These include controversies surrounding the apostle Paul; controversies concerning the apostolic fathers, especially the idea of a pope and the role of the bishop/priest; Marcion and his influence; Manichaeism and Gnosticism; persecution and the Dontatists; Arianism; the rise of the bishop in the late 4th century; and, power struggles between church and state. Each chapter focuses on the primary texts and key players in the battle over what would finally become orthodox Christianity, demystifying many poorly understood events that ultimately helped define today's Church
Praeger Series on the Ancient World, Praeger Publishers Inc, 2012, geb, 163 pp, € 58.00, 9780313383595
Kahlos, M
Debate and Dialogue: Christian and Pagan Cultures C. 360-430
Ashgate Publishing, 2007, geb, 224 pp, € 75.50, 9780754657132
Kardong, T. G.
Pillars of Community. Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic Life
Liturgical Press, 2010, pap, 259 pp, € 21.50, 9780814633151
Kardong, T. G.
The life of St. Benedict by Gregory the Great. Translation and Commentary
Liturgical Press, 2009, pap, 160 pp, € 17.50, 9780814632328
Katos, D. S.
Palladius of Helenopolis: The Origenist Advocate
This book is the first monograph devoted to the life, work, and thought of Palladius of Helenopolis (ca. 362-420), an important witness of Christianity in late antiquity. Palladius' Dialogue on the Life of St. John Chrysostom and his Lausiac History are key sources for our knowledge of John Chrysostom's downfall and of the Origenist controversy, and they both provide rich information concerning many notable ecclesiastical personalities such as John Chrysostom, Theophilus of Alexandria, Jerome, Evagrius of Pontus, Melania the Elder, Isidore of Alexandria, and the Tall Brothers. Demetrios S. Katos employs late antique theories of judicial rhetoric and argumentation, theories whose significance is only now becoming apparent to late antique scholars, to elicit new insights from the Dialogue regarding the controversy that resulted in the death of John Chrysostom. He also demonstrates that the Lausiac History deliberately promoted to the imperial court of Pulcheria a spiritual theology that was indebted to his guide Evagrius and more broadly to the legacy of Origen, despite Jerome's recent attacks against both. Palladius emerges from this account not merely as a peripatetic monk, his own preferred self-portrait that has prevailed in most modern accounts, but as an ecclesiastical statesman who passionately supported both the causes and ideas of his associates in the most pressing controversies of his day. The study will also be valuable for scholars of late antiquity working in the areas of asceticism, spirituality, pilgrimage, hagiography, and early Christian constructions of gender, for all of which Palladius' works are important sources.
Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 218 pp, € 91.50, 9780199696963
Kelly, Henry Ansgar
Satan. A Biography
Christians traditionally think of Satan as Lucifer, God's enemy, who rebelled against Him out of pride and then caused Adam and Eve to sin. But, as Kelly shows, this portrayal is not biblical but a scenario invented by the early Fathers of the Church which became the 'New Biography of Satan'. The 'Original Biography' must be reconstructed from the New Testament where Satan is the same sort of celestial functionary we see in the Book of Job - appointed to govern the world, specifically to monitor and test human beings. But he is brutal and deceitful in his methods, and Jesus predicts that his rule will soon come to an end. Kelly traces the further developments of the 'New Biography': humankind's inherited guilt, captivity by Satan, and punishment in Hell at his hands. This profile of Satan remains dominant, but Kelly urges a return to the 'Original Biography of Satan'
Cambridge UP, 2006, pap, 360 pp, € 27.50, 9780521604024
Kelly, J.N.D.
Early Christian Doctrines, Fifth Edition
A history of the doctrines of the Early Church, this text describes the development of the principal Christian doctrines from the close of the first century to the middle of the fifth, from the end of the apostolic age to the Council of Chalcedon.
Continuum Mowbray, 2000, pap, 511pp, € 59.50, 9780826452528
King, J.C.
Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of Scripture: the Bridegroom’s perfect Marriage-song
by order / te bestellen
Oxford Theological Monographs, Oxford UP, 2005, geb, 292 pp, € 91.00, 0199272182 / 0199272182
Klingshirn, W.E. & L. Safran (eds)
The Early Christian Book
CUA Studies in Early Christianity, CUA Press, 2007, geb, 314 pp, € 44.50, 9780813214863
Knust, J.W.
Abandoned to Lust. Sexual Slander and Ancient Christianity
Early Christians used charges of adultery, incest, and lascivious behavior to demonize their opponents, police insiders, resist pagan rulers, and define what it meant to be a Christian. Christians frequently claimed that they, and they alone were sexually virtuous, comparing themselves to those marked as outsiders, especially non-believers and "heretics," who were said to be controlled by lust and unable to rein in their carnal desires. True or not, these charges allowed Christians to present themselves as different from and morally superior to those around them. Through careful, innovative readings, Jennifer Knust explores the writings of Paul, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus of Lyons, and other early Christian authors who argued that Christ alone made self-mastery possible. Rejection of Christ led to both immoral sexual behavior and, ultimately, alienation and punishment from God. Knust considers how Christian writers participated in a long tradition of rhetorical invective, a rhetoric that was often employed to defend status and difference. Christians borrowed, deployed, and reconfigured classical rhetorical techniques, turning them against their rulers to undercut their moral and political authority. Knust also examines the use of accusations of licentiousness in conflicts between rival groups of Christians. Portraying rival sects as depraved allowed accusers to claim their own group as representative of "true Christianity." Knust's book also reveals the ways in which sexual slurs and their use in early Christian writings reflected cultural and gendered assumptions about what constituted purity, morality, and truth. In doing so, Abandoned to Lust highlights the complex interrelationships between sex, gender, and sexuality within the classical, biblical, and early-Christian traditions.
Columbia UP, 2005, geb, 279 pp, € 47.50, 9780231136624
Koet, Bart
Augustinus over diakens, zijn visie op het diakonaat
Het ambt van diaken wordt vaak verbonden met 'dienstbaar zijn', bij uitstek aan de armen. Maar wie de vroege kerk bestudeert, ontdekt dat diakens vooral 'verbinders' waren, bijvoorbeeld tussen de kerk en de wereld. Een diaken kon voor de armen zorgen maar ook voor de relatie met het hof. Leiderschap en leraar zijn behoorde eveneens tot zijn taken.

Het bisdom van de invloedrijke Augustinus van Hippo laat goed zien welke belangrijke rollen diakens speelden in de communicatie binnen de vroege kerk. Door alle teksten waarin Augustinus spreekt over het diakonaat na te gaan en te ordenen, neemt Bart Koet ons mee op een archeologische zoektocht door het 'world wide web' van Augustinus.

Het resultaat is een boek met frisse ideeen over vormen van leiderschap binnen de kerk, maar ook daarbuiten. Zo blijkt gevoel voor humor en het gebruik van de juiste communicatiemiddelen van groot belang voor succesvol leren. Een unieke inkijk in de vroege kerk.

Bart J. Koet is als hoogleraar Nieuw Testament en Vroegchristelijke Letterkunde verbonden aan de Tilburg School of Theology. Hij studeerde theologie en filosofie in Amsterdam en bijbelwetenschappen in Rome, en werkte lange tijd als geestelijk verzorger in de Bijlmerbajes. Ook is hij diaken van het bisdom Haarlem-Amsterdam.

Utrechtse studies, Parthenon, 2014, pap, € 24.90, 9789079578702
Konstantinovsky, J.S.
Evagrius Ponticus, The Making of a Gnostic
Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies, Ashgate, 2009, geb, 217 pp, € 73.50, 9780754662655
Lambert, Malcolm
Christians and Pagans. The Conversion of Britain from Alban to Bede
Christians and Pagans offers a comprehensive and highly readable account of the coming of Christianity to Britain, its coexistence or conflict with paganism, and its impact on the lives of both indigenous islanders and invading Anglo-Saxons.

The Christianity of Roman Britain, so often treated in isolation, is here deftly integrated with the history of the British churches of the Celtic world, and with the histories of Ireland, Iona, and Pictland. Combining chronicle and literary evidence with the fruits of the latest archaeological research, Malcolm Lambert illuminates how the conversion process changed the hearts and minds of early Britain.

Malcolm Lambert has taught history and theology at the universities of Bristol and Reading and is the author of Franciscan Poverty, Medieval Heresy, and The Cathars.

Yale UP, 2010, geb, 329 pp, € 41.50, 9780300119084
Ledegang, F.
een inleiding met kernteksten
Kok, 2010, geb, € 17.50, 9789043518666
Lehane, B.
Early Celtic Christianity
This lively and original account of early Celtic Christianity - which was of far greater importance in the development of Western culture than we often realize - is told against the background of European history of the first seven centuries A.D. It focuses on the lives of Saints Brendan, Columba and Columbanus, who lived active and effective lives in the cause of the early Church. Brendan, one of the founding fathers of Christianity in Ireland, was known in legend as a voyager and was thought to have reached the Western Hemisphere long before the Vikings. Columba took Celtic Christianity to Scotland and helped to re-establish it in Wales and in the North and West of England. Columbanus was the great Irish missionary to continental Europe, where he and his followers helped to convert the heathen invaders from the East. When Rome, in the person of St. Augustine, Pope Gregory's apostle to the Angles, penetrated again to England, a showdown between Roman and Celtic Christianity was inevitable. The dramatic confrontation occurred at the Council of Whitby in 664. Rome, with its organization and authority, won, and Celtic Catholicism went into eclipse. But some of its influence persisted all over Europe, and it had a large share in shaping the culture that ultimately emerged from the dark ages. This book's fascination is the picture that it gives of the movements of peoples, the shaping of new countries, and the development of ideas during those too-little-known centuries.
Continuum, 2005, 3rd ed., pap, 240 pp, € 19.95, 9780826486219
Lenski, Noel Emmanuel (ed)
The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine
Cambridge Companions, Cambridge UP, 2011, pap, 492 pp, € 36.95, 9781107601109
Leontius of Jerusalem
Against the Monophysites. Testimonies of the Saints and Aporiae
Edited and translated by P.T.R. Gray. BY ORDER
Oxford Ealry Christian Texts, Oxford UP, 2006, geb, 245 pp, € 84.50, 0199266441 / 9780199266449
Levine, A.-J., M.M. Mayo (eds)
A Feminist Companion to Patristic Literature
Feminist Companion to the New Testament & Early Christian Writings, Continuum, 2008, pap, 256 pp, € 43.50, 9780567045553
Liebeschuetz, J. H. W. G.
Ambrose & John Chrysostom. Clerics between Desert and Empire
Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 303 pp, € 77.50, 9780199596645
Lifschitz, F.
The Name of the Saint. The Martyrology of Jerome and Access to the Sacred in Francia, 627-827
Publications in Mediaval Studies, Notre Dame UP, 2006, geb, 230 pp, € 51.50, 0268033757 / 9780268033750
Limberis, V.
Divine Heiress. The Virgin Mary and the Creation of Christian Constantinople
by order, print-on-demand
Routledge, 1994, geb, 199 pp, € 96.50, 9780415096775
Limberis, V. M.
Architects of Piety. The Cappadocian Fathers and the Cult of the Martyrs
The fourth-century Cappadocian Fathers (Basil of Caesarea, his brother Gregory of Nyssa, and their friend Gregory of Nazianzus) are famous primarily for their contributions to Trinitarian theology. Scholars have also been interested in the Cappadocians' experiments in communal asceticism, which had a lasting impact on Christian theology and monastic vocation. Vasiliki Limberis has discovered a hitherto untold element in the history of these seminal figures. Simply stated, for the Cappadocians all aspects of Christian life were best communicated, understood, and indeed lived, through the prism of martyr piety. Limberis shows that the cult of the martyrs was absolutely central to the formation of Christian life for them and the laity. The local martyr cults were so powerful that the Cappadocians promoted their own kin as martyrs. This ensured that their families, soon after their deaths, would be imitated by the local people, and in future generations they would be honored as saints by all. Limberis documents the rich variety of ways the Cappodocians made use of the martyrs. Of particular interest are the complex rituals of the panegyris, a yearly celebration that honored the martyrs, creating social ties that spanned class barriers. Building projects also honored the martyrs, housed their loved ones, and created sacred space in their communities. Limberis calls attention to the pivotal roles played by the mothers and sisters of the Cappadocians in promoting martyr piety and examines the importance in their lives of material vehicles of sanctity such as eulogia breads and holy oil, and practices such as fasting, vigils, vows and prayers. The Cappadocians were of the generation that bridged the Church of the martyrs and the Church triumphant of the Roman state. This book shows how they reshaped martyr piety to suit the needs of this changing landscape, and made it the basis of a new understanding of Christian identity.
Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 232 pp, € 64.95, 9780199730889
Lopez, D.A.
Separist Christianity. Spirit and Matter in the Early Church Fathers
John Hopkins UP, 2004, geb, 190 pp, € 47.00, 0801879396
Louis Sebastien, Le Nain de Tillemont
The Life of Augustine, part one: Childhood to Episcopal Consecration ( 354-396), Memoire Ecclesiastique, vol XIII
Collectanea Augustiniana, Peter Lang, 2010, geb, 367 pp, € 72.50, 9781433102844
Louth, A.
St John Damascene. Tradition and Originality in Byzantine Theology
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2004, pap, 327 pp, € 39.40, 0199275270 / 9780199275274
Louth, A.
The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition
Oxford UP, 2007, pap, 228, € 37.50, 9780199291403
Ludlow, M.
Gregory of Nyssa: Ancient and [Post]Modern
Oxford UP, 2007, geb, 314 pp, € 83.50, 9780199280766
Lunn-Rockliffe, S.
Ambrosiaster’s Political Theology
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2007, geb, 211 pp, € 72.75, 9780199230204
Maas, M.
Exegesis and Empire in the Early Byzantine Mediterranean. Junillus Africanus and the Instituta Regularia Divinae Legis
Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum, Mohr Siebeck, 2003, pap, 280pp, € 56.00
Maas, M. (ed.)
The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian
This book introduces the Age of Justinian, the last Roman century and the first flowering of Byzantine culture. Dominated by the policies and personality of emperor Justinian I (527-565), this period of grand achievements and far-reaching failures witnessed the transformation of the Mediterranean world. In this volume, twenty specialists explore the most important aspects of the age including the mechanics and theory of empire, warfare, urbanism, and economy. It also discusses the impact of the great plague, the codification of Roman law, and the many religious upheavals taking place at the time. Consideration is given to imperial relations with the papacy, northern barbarians, the Persians, and other eastern peoples, shedding new light on a dramatic and highly significant historical period.
Cambridge UP, 2005, pap, 626 pp, € 35.00, 9780521520713
MacMullen., R.
Voting About God in Early Church Councils
In this study, Ramsay MacMullen steps aside from the well-worn path that previous scholars have trod to explore exactly how early Christian doctrines became official. Drawing on extensive verbatim stenographic records, he analyzes the ecumenical councils from A.D. 325 to 553, in which participants gave authority to doctrinal choices by majority vote. The author investigates the sometimes astonishing bloodshed and violence that marked the background to church council proceedings, and from there goes on to describe the planning and staging of councils, the emperors' role, the routines of debate, the participants' understanding of the issues, and their views on God's intervention in their activities. He concludes with a look at the significance of the councils and their doctrinal decisions within the history of Christendom.
Yale UP, 2006, geb, 170 pp, € 36.00, 9780300115963
Madigan, K. & C. Osiek (eds)
Ordained Women in the Early Church: A Documentary History
In a time when the ordination of women is an ongoing and passionate debate, the study of women's ministry in the early church is a timely and significant one. There is much evidence from documents, doctrine, and artifacts that supports the acceptance of women as presbyters and deacons in the early church. While this evidence has been published previously, it has never before appeared in one complete English-language collection. With this book, church historians Kevin Madigan and Carolyn Osiek present fully translated literary, epigraphical, and canonical references to women in early church offices. Through these documents, Madigan and Osiek seek to understand who these women were and how they related to and were received by, the church through the sixth century. They chart women's participation in church office and their eventual exclusion from its leadership roles. The editors introduce each document with a detailed headnote that contextualizes the text and discusses specific issues of interpretation and meaning. They also provide bibliographical notes and cross-reference original texts. Madigan and Osiek assemble relevant material from both Western and Eastern Christendom.
Johns Hopkins UP, 2005, geb, 220 pp, € 49.50, 9780801879326
Marenbon, J.
Print-on-demand: by order
Great Medieval Thinkers, Oxford, 2003, pap, 252pp, € 34.00, 0195134079 / 9780195134070
Marenbon, J.
The Cambridge Companion to Boethius
Cambridge Companion Series, Cambridge UP, 2009, geb, 356 pp, € 63.90, 9780521872669
Marenbon, J.
The Cambridge Companion to Boethius
Cambridge Companions, Cambridge UP, 2009, pap, 356 pp, € 26.00, 9780521694254
Markschies, C.
Kaiserzeitliche christliche Theologie und ihre Institutionen: Prolegomena zu einer Geschichte der antiken christlichen Theologie
op bestelling
Mohr Siebeck, 2007, geb, 525, € 107.00, 9783161492631
Markschies, Ch.
Gnosis und Christentum.
Berlin University Press, 2009, geb, 186 pp, € 34.25, 9783940432612
Martens, P.W.
Origen and Scripture. The Contours of the Exegetical Life
Scriptural interpretation was an important form of scholarship for Christians in late antiquity. For no one does this claim ring more true than Origen of Alexandria (185-254), one of the most prolific scholars of Scripture in early Christianity. This book examines his approach to the Bible through a biographical lens: the focus is on his account of the scriptural interpreter, the animating centre of the exegetical enterprise. In pursuing this largely neglected line of inquiry, Peter W. Martens discloses the contours of Origen's sweeping vision of scriptural exegesis as a way of life. For Origen, ideal interpreters were far more than philologists steeped in the skills conveyed by Greco-Roman education. Their profile also included a commitment to Christianity from which they gathered a spectrum of loyalties, guidelines, dispositions, relationships and doctrines that tangibly shaped how they practiced and thought about their biblical scholarship. The study explores the many ways in which Origen thought ideal scriptural interpreters (himself included) embarked upon a way of life, indeed a way of salvation, culminating in the everlasting contemplation of God. This new and integrative thesis takes seriously how the discipline of scriptural interpretation was envisioned by one of its pioneering and most influential practitioners.
The Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 280 pp, € 87.50, 9780199639557
Matthews, G.B.
Blackwell Great Minds Series, Blackwell, 2005, pap, 148 pp, € 26.25, 0631233482
Mattox, J.M
Saint Augustine and the Theory of Just War
Continuum Studies in Philosophy Series, Continuum, 2006, geb, 208pp, € 92.50, 9780826487797
Maximos the Confessor, Nicholas Constas ( ed. and transl.)
On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: The Ambigua, Volume I

Maximos the Confessor (580-662) occupies a unique position in the history of Byzantine philosophy, theology, and spirituality. His profound spiritual experiences and penetrating theological vision found complex and often astonishing expression in his unparalleled command of Greek philosophy, making him one of the most challenging and original Christian thinkers of all time. So thoroughly did his thought come to influence the Byzantine theological tradition that it is impossible to trace the subsequent history of Orthodox Christianity without knowledge of his work.

The Ambigua (or 'Book of Difficulties') is Maximos's greatest philosophical and doctrinal work, in which his daring originality, prodigious talent for speculative thinking, and analytical acumen are on lavish display. In the Ambigua, a broad range of theological topics - cosmology, anthropology, the philosophy of mind and language, allegory, asceticism, and metaphysics - are transformed in a synthesis of Aristotelian logic, Platonic metaphysics, Stoic psychology, and the arithmetical philosophy of a revived Pythagoreanism. The result is a labyrinthine map of the mind's journey to God that figured prominently in the Neoplatonic revival of the Komnenian Renaissance and the Hesychast Controversies of the Late Byzantine period.

This remarkable work has never before been available in a critically-based edition or English translation.

Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Dumbarton Oaks Harvard UP, 2014, geb, 544 pp, € 30.95, 9780674726666
Maximus the Confessor, S.J. Shoemaker (transl.& introd.)
The Life of the Virgin. Maximus the Confessor
Long overlooked by scholars, this seventh-century Life of the Virgin, attributed to Maximus the Confessor, is the earliest complete Marian biography.

Originally written in Greek and now surviving only in Old Georgian, it is now translated for the first time into English. It is a work that holds profound significance for understanding the history of late ancient and medieval Christianity, providing a rich source for understanding the history of Christian piety.

This Life is especially remarkable for its representation of Mary's prominent involvement in her son's ministry and her leadership of the early Christian community. In particular, it reveals highly developed devotion to Mary's compassionate suffering at the Crucifixion, anticipating by several centuries an influential medieval style of devotion known as "affective piety" whose origins generally have been confined to the Western High Middle Ages.

Yale UP, 2012, geb, 215 pp, € 36.50, 9780300175042
Maximus the Confessor, St
On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ
By Order
Popular Patristic Series, SVS Press, 2003, pap, 183 pp, € 19.90, 088141249x
Maxwell, J.L.
Christianization and Communication in Late Antiquity. John Chrysostom and his Congregation in Antioch
Cambridge UP, 2006, geb, 198 pp, € 79.90, 0521860407 / 9780521860406
Mayer, W. & P. Allen
John Chrysostom
The Early Church Fathers Series, Routledge, 2000, pap, 230 pp, € 31.25, 0415182530 / 9780415182539
McGuckin, J.A.
Saint Gregory of Nazianzus. An Intellectual Biography (Gregorius)
SVS Press, 2001, pap, 433pp, € 32.00, 0881412228
McGuckin, J.A. (ed)
The SCM Press A-Z of Patristic Theology
SCM Press A-, SCM, 2005, pap, 367 pp, € 39.00, 0334040108
McGuckin, J. (ed.)
The SCM Press A-Z of Origen
SCM Press A-Z Series, SCM Press, 2006, pap, 300 pp, € 32.50, 9780334041030
Meer, F. van der
Augustinus de zielzorger, een studie over de praktijk van een kerkvader
Monografieen over Europese cultuur 14, Kok, 2008, geb, 649 pp, € 27.50, 9789043513814
Melito of Sardis
On Pascha. With the Fragments of Melito and other Material Related to the Quarodecimans
Popular Patristics Series, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2001, pap, 103 pp, € 14.90, 0881412171
Menze, V.L.
Justinian and the Making of the Syrian Orthodox Church
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 316 pp, € 80.00, 9780199534876
Meredith, A, sj
Gregory of Nyssa (Gregorius)
The Early Church Fathers Series, Routledge, 1999/2002, pap, 166 pp, € 32.50, 9780415118408
Miller, P. Cox
The Corporeal Imagination. Signifying the Holy in Late Ancient Christianity
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009, geb, 263 pp, € 43.50, 9780812241426
Minns, D.
Irenaeus. An Introduction
T&T Clark, 2010, pap, 177 pp, € 25.90, 9780567033666
Moorhead, J.
Gregory the Great
The Early Church Fathers Series, Routledge, 2005, pap, 177 pp, € 29.00, 0415233909
Morgan, E.
The Incarnation of the Word : The Theology of Language of Augustine of Hippo
T & T Clark, 2010, geb, 191pp, € 77.50, 9780567033826
Moschos, Johannes
De weide. Een verhalenboek over het laatantieke monnikenleven
In De Weide reizen we omstreeks 600 rond in het Byzantijnse Midden-Oosten, kort voor de Arabische veroveringen. Talloze asceten hebben zich daar uit de wereld teruggetrokken, in groepsverband in kloosters of als kluizenaars in de verlatenheid. Een leven van absolute onthechting en versterving, lichamelijk en intellectueel. Algemeen bekend zijn de pilaarheiligen, maar de verscheidenheid aan monniken en asceten is veel groter.

Uit al die monnikenlevens heeft Moschos een armvol 'bloemen' geplukt en tot een krans gevlochten. De Weide is een reeks van anekdotes, reis- en levensverhalen, moralistische boodschappen, stichtelijke spreuken, fabels, parabels en 'short stories'. Nu eens charmant en amusant, dan weer bizar of aanstootgevend. Naastenliefde staat er naast straffende gestrengheid, nederigheid naast ascetische competitie.

Een wereld bevolkt door ketters en wonderdoeners, barbaren en rovers, geile en heilige vrouwen, demonen en engelen - maar bovenal door de ware helden van het geloof (en soms ook heldinnen): de woestijnvaders, of 'bloedeloze martelaren'. Johannes Moschos (ca. 550 - 619/634) was zonder het te weten een tijdgenoot van Mohammed. Zelf monnik-asceet-kluizenaar, reisde hij tussen 580 en 615 langs kloosters en kluizenaars in het gebied van Syrie, Palestina en Egypte. Onderweg heeft hij de verhalen verzameld voor zijn 'geestelijke weide'.

Vertaling, verklarende woordenlijst en nawoord zijn van de hand van Michiel Op de Coul en Vincent Hunink, de inleiding is verzorgd door Kristoffel Demoen.

Reeks Grieks Proza nr. 22, Ta Grammata, 2010, pap, 194 pp, € 19.50, 9789080894266
Moschos, John (also known as John Eviratus)
The Spiritual Meadow (Pratum Spirituale)
By Order
Cistercian Studies Series 139, Cistercian Press, 1994, pap, 287pp, € 26.00, 0879075392
Mosshammer, A.A.
The Easter Computus and the Origins of the Christian Era
The system of numbering the years AD (Anni Domini, Years of the Lord) originated with Dionysius Exiguus. Dionysius drafted a 95-year table of dates for Easter beginning with the year 532 AD. Why Dionysius chose the year that he did to number as '1' has been a source of controversy and speculation for almost 1500 years. According to the Gospel of Luke (3.1; 3.23), Jesus was baptized in the 15th year of the emperor Tiberius and was about 30 years old at the time. The 15th year of Tiberius was AD 29. If Jesus was 30 years old in AD 29, then he was born in the year that we call 2 BC. Most ancient authorities dated the Nativity accordingly. Alden Mosshammer provides the first comprehensive study of early Christian methods for calculating the date of Easter to have appeared in English in more than one hundred years. He offers an entirely new history of those methods, both Latin and Greek, from the earliest such calculations in the late second century until the emergence of the Byzantine era in the seventh century.From this history, Mosshammer draws the fresh hypothesis that Dionysius did not calculate or otherwise invent a new date for the birth of Jesus, instead adopting a date that was already well established in the Greek church. Mosshammer offers compelling new conclusions on the origins of the Christian era drawing upon evidence found in the fragments of Julius Africanus, of Panodorus of Alexandria, and in the traditions of the Armenian church.
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 474 pp, € 111.00, 9780199543120
Murray, R.
Symbols of Church and Kingdom: A Study in Early Syriac Tradition
A new edition of the study of Syriac Christianity up to the early fifth century CE: its beliefs and worship; its life and art.In this classic work, Robert Murray offers the fullest and most vivid picture yet available of the development and character of the culture, illustrating both its original close relationship to Judaism and its remoter background in Mesopotamian civilization. He is interested in the subsequent influence of Syriac Christian culture, particularly on European literature.The largely revised Introduction (now assisted by a sketch map) locates Syriac as an Aramaic dialect, then traces the origins of Syriac Christianity, its relationship to Jewish Christianity and the Syriac Bible version, the character of Syriac asceticism (including Marcionism and Manichaeism), and of the Christian schools. Key Syriac terms are explained, and all citation of Syriac texts throughout the work are given in translation either by other scholars or by the author.The second part of the introduction reviews the literature studied in the following chapters, concentrating on Aphrahat and Ephrem. In both parts, a number of positions adopted in the first edition are revised in the light of recent studies, the bibliographical details of which are given in the greatly increased number of footnotes.This book deals with a topic of interdisciplinary importance, at the cultural crossroads of the ancient and medieval worlds of east and west, and of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students.
T&T Clark, 2005, rev. ed., geb, 395 pp, € 102.00, 9780567081575
Neil, B.
Leo the Great
The Early Church Fathers, Routledge, 2009, pap, 185 pp, € 33.50, 9780415394819
Neil, B.
Leo the Great.
The Early Church Fathers, Routledge, 2009, geb, 185 pp, € 89.50, 9780415394802
On the Nature of Man
Translated Texts for Historians Series, 49, Liverpool UP, 2008, pap, 273 pp, € 27.90, 9781846311321
Neusner, Jacob
Judaism and Christianity in the Age of Constantine - History, Messiah, Israel and the Initial Confrontation
Chicago UP, 2008, pap, 264 pp, € 32.95, 9780226576534
Niederwimmer, Kurt
The Didache: A Commentary
One hundred twenty-five years ago, Philotheos Bryennios discovered the text of the Didache in an eleventh-century manuscript version. In 1883 he edited the manuscript for publication, and its special fascination for scholars remains undiminished. One of the oldest extracanonical Christian documents, the Didache's origins can be traced to the first century. It is apparently a catechism, intended to provide basic instruction in the Christian lifestyle and worship for persons preparing for baptism.

The Didache exhibits fascinating echoes of Jesus' teaching in its Matthean form, along with rare glimpses into the life of an early Christian community--its values, its observance of the Eucharist, its leaders, and the character of its hope.

Niederwimmer's wonderful commentary is a model of clarity and learning and a splendid addition to this premier commentary series.

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Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible, Fortress Press, 1998, geb, 318 pp, € 46.00, 9780800660277
Nightingale, A.
Once Out of Nature. Augustine on Time and the Body
Augustine was the first theologian to write an autobiographical book dealing with the themes of sin and salvation, time and eternity. "Once Out of Nature" broadly reconsiders his conception of embodiment, a crucial but poorly understood theme of his work. Andrea Nightingale uses embodiment to illuminate a set of problems much larger than the body itself - this notion, she demonstrates, is the key to understanding Augustine's accounts of time and the human place in the earthly world. Augustine offered the first exploration of the subjective experience of time in Western thinking, claiming that the human psyche always stretches away from the present moment - where the physical body persists - into memories of the past and expectations of the future. For Augustine, the embodied psyche dwells in two distinct time zones. Though Augustine's understanding of time and embodiment may sound outmoded, Nightingale connects his views to contemporary debates about trans-humans and suggests that Augustine's thought reflects our own ambivalent relationship with our bodies and the earth. A compelling invitation to ponder the boundaries of the human, "Once Out of Nature" contributes to conversations involving scholars working in late antiquity, literary critics, philosophers, and ecological thinkers.
Chicago UP, 2011, geb, 244 pp, € 33.50, 9780226585758
Nikodemos, St., Palmer, G.E.H., Ph. Sherrard, K. Ware (ed. & transl.)
The Philokalia, The Complete Text, vol 1, compiled by St Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St Makarios of Corinth
"The Philokalia" is a collection of texts written between the fourth and the fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782, translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, "The Philokalia" has exercised an influence far greater than that of any book other than the Bible in the recent history of the Orthodox Church. It is concerned with themes of universal importance: how man may develop his inner powers and awake from illusion; how he may overcome fragmentation and achieve spiritual wholeness; and, how he may attain the life of contemplative stillness and union with God. Only a selection of texts from "The Philokalia" has been available hitherto in English. The present rendering, which is a completely new translation, is designed to appear in five volumes. The editors have provided introductory notes to each of the writers, a glossary of key terms, and a detailed index.
Faber & Faber, 1979, pap, 378 pp, € 22.95, 9780571130139
Nikodemos, St., Palmer, G.E.H., Ph. Sherrard, K. Ware (ed. & transl.)
The Philokalia, The Complete Text, vol 2, Comp. by St Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain and St Makarios of Corinth
"The Philokalia" is a collection of texts written between the fourth and the fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782, translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, "The Philokalia" has exercised an influence far greater than that of any book other than the Bible in the recent history of the Orthodox Church. It is concerned with themes of universal importance: how man may develop his inner powers and awake from illusion; how he may overcome fragmentation and achieve spiritual wholeness; and, how he may attain the life of contemplative stillness and union with God. Only a selection of texts from "The Philokalia" has been available hitherto in English. The present rendering, which is a completely new translation, is designed to appear in five volumes. The first of these was published by Faber and Faber in 1979. The second volume consists mainly of writings from the seventh century, in particular by St Maximus the Confessor, the greater part of which has never before been translated into English. As in the first volume, the editors have provided introductory notes to each of the writers, a glossary of key terms, and a detailed index.
The Philokalia, Faber and Faber, 1981/1990, pap, 414 pp, € 22.95, 9780571154661
Nikodemos, St., Palmer, G.E.H., Ph. Sherrard, K. Ware (ed. & transl.)
The Philokalia, The Complete Text, vol 3, Comp. by St Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain and St Makarios of Corinth
"The Philokalia" is a collection of texts on prayer and the spiritual life, written between the fourth and fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782, translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, "The Philokalia" has had a decisive influence upon the Orthodox Church during the last two centuries, and it continues to be read more and more widely. "The Philokalia" is devoted to themes of universal significance: how we may develop our inner powers and awake from illusion; how we may overcome fragmentation and achieve wholeness; how we may attain contemplative stillness and union with God. This is the first complete translation into English. It is made from the original Greek, and is to be completed in five volumes. The third volume contains works dating from the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Peter of Damaskos, the chief author included, offers a clear and comprehensive survey of the spiritual way, quoting abundantly from earlier writers. Symeon Metaphratis, in his paraphrase of Makarios, stresses the central place of the Holy Spirit. As in the first two volumes, the editors have provided introductory notes to each of the writers, a glossary of key terms, and a detailed index.
Faber and Faber, 1984, pap, 379 pp, € 22.95, 9780571175253
Nikodemos, St., Palmer, G.E.H., Ph. Sherrard, K. Ware (ed. & transl.)
The Philokalia, The Complete Text, vol 4, Comp. by St Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain and St Makarios of Corinth
"The Philokalia" is a collection of texts on prayer and the spiritual life, written between the fourth and fifteenth centuries by masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782, translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, this is the first complete translation into English. It is made from the original Greek, and will be completed in five volumes. "Volume IV" contains some of the most important writings in the entire collection. St Symeon the New Theologian speaks about the conscious experience of the Holy Spirit and about the vision of the divine and uncreated Light. St Gregory of Sinai provides practical guidance concerning the life of the Hesychast and the use of the Jesus Prayer. St Gregory Palamas discusses the distinction between the essence and the energies of God.
Faber & Faber, 1995, pap, 458 pp, € 22.95, 9780571193820
Nikodemos, St., Palmer, G.E.H., P. Sherrard, Bishop Kallistos Ware (transl)
Philokalia. The Eastern Christian Spiritual Texts, Selections annotated and explained
Skylight Illuminations, Skylight, 2006, pap, 221 pp, € 20.95, 9781594731037
Notley, R.S. & Z. Safrai
Eusebius, Onomasticon: A Triglott Edition with Notes and Commentaries
Jewish and Christian Perspectives Series, Brill, 2005, geb, 212 pp, € 146.30, 9780391042179
Nuffelen, P. van
Orosius and the Rhetoric of History
The Histories Against the Pagans of Orosius, written in 416/7, has been one of the most influential works in the history of Western historiography. Often read as a theology of history, it has been rarely been set against the background of ancient historiography and rhetorical practice in the time of Orosius. Arguing for the closeness of rhetoric and historiography in Antiquity, this book shows how Orosius situates himself consciously in the classical tradition and draws on a variety of rhetorical tools to shape his narrative: a subtle web of interextual allusions, a critical engagement with traditional exempla, a creative rewriting of the sources, and a skilled deployment of the rhetoric of pathos. In this way, Orosius aims at opening the eyes of his adversaries; instead of remaining blinded by the traditional, glorious view of the past, he wishes his readers to see the past and the present in their true colours. The book paints a more complex picture of theHistories, and argues against the tendency to see Orosius as a naive apologist of the Roman empire. In fact, he can be shown to put the Church at the heart of view of Roman history. Setting Orosius in the context of contemporary historiography and literature, it sheds new light on the intellectual life in the early fifth century AD.
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 272 pp, € 82.50, 9780199655274
Odahl, C.M.
Constantine and the Roman Empire
Routledge, 2006, pap, 400 pp, € 33.90, 0415386551 / 9780415386555
O' Daly, Gerard
Augustine's City of God. A Reader's Guide

The City of God is the most influential of Augustine's works, which played a decisive role in the formation of the Christian West. This book is the first comprehensive modern guide to it in any language.

The City of God's scope embodies cosmology, psychology, political thought, anti-pagan polemic, Christian apologetic, theory of history, biblical interpretation, and apocalyptic themes. This book is, therefore, at once about a single masterpiece and at the same time surveys Augustine's developing views through the whole range of his thought. The book is written in the form of a detailed running commentary on each part of the work. Further chapters elucidate the early fifth-century political, social, historical, and literary background, the work's sources, and its place in Augustine's writings.The book should prove of value to Augustine's wide readership among students of late antiquity, theologians, philosophers, medievalists, Renaissance scholars, and historians of art and iconography.

Oxford, 2004, pap, 323 pp, € 43.00, 9780199270811
O’Keefe, J.J. & R.R. Reno
Sanctified Vision. An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible
Johns Hopkins UP, 2005, pap, 156 pp, € 20.80, 0801880882 / 9780801880889
De Basis, onderzoek naar de fundamenten van geloof en wereld
Origenes (ca.185-254) was een van de toonaangevende theologen van zijn tijd. Hij werkte als kerkelijk leraar in Alexandrie en later in Caesarea. Hij stond bekend als inspirerend docent en scherpzinnig uitlegger van de Bijbel. Hij was goed thuis in de Griekse filosofie en nam volop deel aan de ontwikkelingen in de christelijke kerken van zijn tijd. Hij deed mee aan interne kerkelijke discussies, keerde zich tegen afwijkende ideeen van 'ketters', verdedigde het christelijke geloof tegen 'heidense' aanvallen en kreeg te maken met toenemende confrontaties met de Romeinse overheid.

In De basis bespreekt Origenes de volgende vragen: wat is de kern van het christelijk geloof en wat zijn de fundamenten van de wereld? Hij sluit zich aan bij de apostolische traditie, maar beschouwt die niet als een massief blok: naast onderwerpen waarover de apostelen duidelijke uitspraken hebben gedaan, zijn er ook punten die nader onderzocht moeten worden. Aan dat onderzoek levert Origenes graag zijn bijdrage. Een groot aantal onderwerpen komt aan de orde: God, de ziel, de vrije wil, het begin van de wereld, de val van de 'rationele wezens', de strijd tegen de vijandige machten en het herstel van alle dingen en tenslotte het karaker en de uitleg van de Bijbel. In een open bespreking gaat Origenes uitvoerig in op deze onderwerpen en presenteert ze als een samenhangend geheel. Hij is vaak in discussie met opponenten en bestrijdt hun ideeen met rationele en aan de Bijbel ontleende argumenten.

In de eeuwen die volgden riep De basis heftige reacties op. Enkele speculatieve gedachten die Origenes in dit werk oppert, waren inzet van felle theologische debatten. Uiteindelijk leidden die ruim drie eeuwen na zijn dood tot een kerkelijke veroordeling.

Vertaald, ingeleid en toegelicht door Freerk Jan H. Berghuis

Damon, 2009, geb, 396 pp, € 44.90, 9789055739684
Origen (Origenes)
Homilies on Judges
The Fathers of the Church, 119, The Catholic University of America Press, 2010, geb, 138 pp, € 33.50, 9780813201191
Origen (Origenes)
Origen: Homilies 1-14 on Ezekiel
Translation and introduction by Thomas P. Scheck
Ancient Christian Writers - The Works of the Fathers in Translation, No. 62, The Newman Press, 2010, geb, 213 pp, € 30.00, 9780809105670
Origen (Origenes)
Spirit & Fire. A Thematic Anthology of His Writings edited by Hans Urs von Balthasar
T & T Clark, 2001, pap, 416 pp, € 41.90, 0567087719
Osborn, E.
Clement of Alexandria
Cambridge UP, 2005, geb, 324 pp, € 79.95, 0521837537
Osiek, Carolyn
The Shepherd of Hermas: A Commentary
Extremely popular in its time, The Shepherd of Hermas is a second-century work often used for instruction of catechumens, and in fact, is widely regarded as scripture. In it Hermas, a rich freed slave whose wealth was not always lawfully obtained, undergoes and relates several visions (including one from an angel disguised as a shepherd), repents, and offers advice on Christian teaching and behavior.

Comprehensive and careful, Carolyn Osiek's is the only full-length commentary on "The Shepherd" in English. Hermas's revelations afford us glimpses of religious imagination, social world, and moral ideals among early second-century Roma

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Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible, Fortress Press, 1999, geb, 320 pp, € 43.00, 9780800660635
Paffenroth, K. & K.L. Hughes:
Augustine and Liberal Education
Lexington, 2008, pap, 213 pp, € 27.50, 9780739123836
Pamphilus of Caesarea / Rufinus of Aquileia
Apology for Origen / On the Falsification of the Books of Origen
Fathers of the Church Medieval Cont. Series, The Catholic University of America Press, 2011, geb, 149p, € 34.50, 9780813201207
Parvis, S.
Marcellus of Ancyra and the Lost Years of the Arian Controversy 325-345
Oxford Early Christian Studies Series, Oxford UP, 2006, geb, 291 pp, € 99.00, 0199280134 / 9780199280131
Parvis, Sara, Paul Foster (eds)
Irenaeus: Life, Scripture, Legacy
Champion of martyrs, scourge of heretics, erudite theologian, shrewd politicianno account of early Christianity is complete without careful consideration of Irenaeus of Lyons. Here a team of international scholars examine aspects of the saints life, historical context, engagement with scripture, and his ecclesiastical and theological legacy for succeeding generations.
Augsburg Fortress, 2012, geb, 274 pp, € 36.50, 9780800697969
Pasztori-Kupan, Istvan
Theodoret of Cyrus
The Early Church Fathers Series, Routledge, 2006, pap, 296 pp, € 27.25, 0415309611 / 9780415309615
Patte, D. & E. TeSelle (eds)
Engaging Augustine on Romans. Self, Context, and Theology in Interpretation (Augustinus)
by order
Romans Through History and Cultures Series, Trinity Press, 2003, pap, 290 pp, € 42.50, 1563384078
Pelikan, J.
Credo: Historical and Theological Guide to Crees and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition
Yale UP, 2005, pap, 609 pp, € 26.95, 9780300109740
Pelikan, J. & V. Hotchkiss (eds)
Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition (5 vol set with CD Rom)
This five-volume set seeks to assemble the principal creeds and confessions of the Christian Church, from biblical times to the present and from all over the globe, and place them in their historical and theological context. An introductory volume, "Credo", by church historian Jaroslav Pelikan, surveys the history of these creeds, delves into the meaning and purpose of creeds, and probes the issues and controversies that spawn new creeds, as well as the origins of new religious movements within Christianity. The set includes over 225 texts, with translations from many languages. Pelikan and his co-editor Valerie Hotchkiss provide a brief introduction to each creed and confession, as well as commentary and notes identifying its biblical and other sources. A comparative index serves as a comprehensive guide, doctrine by doctrine, to all the creeds and confessions. The CD-ROM contains all the translated texts in their original languages. NOT AVAILABLE, OUT OF PRINT
Yale UP, 2003, geb, 3344 pp, € 485.00, 9780300093919
Penn, M.P.
Kissing Christians. Ritual and Community in the Late Ancient Church
Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion, Pennsylvania UP, 2005, geb, 186 pp, € 47.25, 081223880x
Perl, E.D.
Theophany, the Neoplatonic Philosophy of Dionysius the Areopagite
Print-on-demand: by order
SUNY Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy, SUNY, 2007, geb, 163 pp, € 58.00, 9780791471111
Plumer, E.
Augustines Commentary on Galatians. Introduction Text,Translation, and notes
Oxford Early Christian Series, Oxford UP, 2006, pap, 312 pp, € 31.90, 0199297096 / 9780199297
Pollmann, K. & M. Vessey (eds)
Augustine and the Disciplines. From Cassiciacum to Confessions
Oxford UP, 2005, geb, 258 pp, € 77.00, 0199274851
Possidius van Calama, Paul van Geest / Vincent Hunink
Possidius -Het leven van Augustinus. Biografie uit de vijfde eeuw, met een lijst van al zijn werken
Ingeleid door Paul van Geest, vertaald en van aantekeningen voorzien door Vincent Hunink

In zijn lange leven heeft Aurelius Augustinus (354-430) bijzonder veel geschreven. Maar er is ook een boekje uit de Oudheid aan hem gewijd. Zijn vriend en leerling en later collega-bisschop Possidius van Calama (370-ca. 440) schreef een biografie van hem. Niet een biografie in de moderne zin van het woord. Eerder een getuigenis, een monument, ter herinnering aan de grote kerkvader.

Possidius typeert Augustinus als geducht bestrijder van ketters en als wijze vader van zijn leefgemeenschap. En vooral als iemand die zelf probeerde te leven volgens de hoogstaande principes die hij anderen voorhield. Daarbij geeft de biograaf veel details over Augustinus' leven. Bijvoorbeeld over zijn kleding of zijn omgang met bezoekers. Zo rijst uit Het leven van Augustinus een levendig en soms verrassend beeld op van Augustinus' boeiende persoonlijkheid.

In deze nieuwe Nederlandse vertaling van Vincent Hunink is voor het eerst ook Possidius' appendix opgenomen: een volledige lijst van Augustinus' geschriften zoals hij die kende. Een document van onschatbare waarde. Het boek wordt ingeleid door Paul van Geest.

Damon, 2016, pap, 191 pp, € 19.90, 9789463400220
Prassas, D. D.
St. Maximus the Confessors Questions and Doubts
Northern Illinois UP, 2009, geb, 236 pp, € 41.90, 9780875804132
Price, R.
Chalcedon in Context. Church Councils 400-700
This collection of essays has its origin in a conference held at Oxford in 2006 to mark the publication of the first English edition of the Acts of Chalcedon. Its aim is to place Chalcedon in a broader context, and bring out the importance of the acts of the early general councils from the fifth to the seventh century, documents that because of their bulk and relative inaccessibility have received only limited attention till recently. This volume is evidence that this situation is now rapidly changing, as historians of late antiquity as well as specialists in the history of the Christian Church discover the richness of this material for the exploration of common concerns and tensions across the provinces of the Later Roman Empire, language use, networks of influence and cultural exchange, and political manipulation at many different levels of society. The extent to which the acts were instruments of propaganda and should not be read as a pure verbatim record of proceedings is brought out in a number of the essays, which illustrate the fascinating literary problems raised by these texts.
Translated Texts for Historians, Contexts, vol 1, Liverpool UP, 2009, pap, 256 pp, € 29.00, 9781846316487
Price, R. (trans. & comm.)
The Acts of the Council of Constantinople of 553: With Related Texts on the Three Chapters Controversy
The Council of Constantinople of 553 (often called Constantinople II or the Fifth Ecumenical Council) has been described as 'by far the most problematic of all the councils', because it condemned two of the greatest biblical scholars and commentators of the patristic era - Origen and Theodore of Mopsuestia - and because the pope of the day, Vigilius, first condemned the council and then confirmed its decisions only under duress. The present edition makes accessible to the modern reader the acts of the council, session by session, and the most important related documents, particularly those that reveal the shifting stance of Pope Vigilius, veering between heroic resistance and abject compliance. The accompanying commentary and substantial introduction provide a background narrative of developments since Chalcedon, a full analysis of the policy of the emperor Justinian (who summoned and dominated the council) and of the issues in the debate, and information on the complex history of both the text and the council's reception. The editor argues that the work of the council deserves a more sympathetic evaluation from what it has generally received in western Christendom, since it arguably clarified rather than distorted the message of Chalcedon and influenced the whole subsequent tradition of eastern Orthodoxy. In interpreting Chalcedon the conciliar acts provide a fascinating example of how a society - in this case the imperial Church of Byzantium - determines its identity by how it understands its past.
Translated Texts for Historians v.51, Liverpool UP, 2012, pap, 744 pp, € 42.50, 9781846318368
Pseudo-Dionysius, Colm Luibheid (ed)
Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works
The Classics of Western Spirituality Series, Paulist Press, 1988, pap, 312 pp, € 26.95, 9780809128389
Pseudo-Dionysius de Areopagiet, Ben Schomakers
De taal van de hemel, over de engelen van Pseudo-Dionysius de Areopagiet
In de geschiedenis van de westerse theologie zijn weinig figuren met meer raadselen omgeven dan de vijfde-eeuwse schrijver die tegenwoordig als Pseudo-Dionysius bekend staat. Wie hij in werkelijkheid geweest is, deze christelijke theoloog en tegelijk neoplatoonse filosoof, die zich in zijn werken voordeed als Dionysius van de Areopaag, een eerste-eeuwse bekeerling van Paulus, is onbekend en dat zal ook wel zo blijven. Niettemin hebben zijn werken een geweldige invloed uitgeoefend op de totstandkoming van de westerse (en de oosterse) theologie en op alle mystieke tradities sinds de vroege middeleeuwen.

Dit geldt ook voor de in stilistisch en inhoudelijk opzicht verbluffende verhandeling Over de hemelse hierarchie (of Over het hemelse hierarchische beginsel) waarin Pseudo-Dionysius de aard en de geledingen van de engelen beschrijft, op een manier waaraan nadien nog maar amper getornd is. De tekst leeft voort, niet alleen in de engelenleer van onder anderen Thomas van Aquino, maar ook vanaf de vroege middeleeuwen tot en met de moderne tijd in architectuur, iconografie, literatuur (o.a. Dante, Goethe, Blake, Rilke, Brodsky) en beeldende kunst (o.a. Rembrandt, Chagall, Anselm Kiefer).

Dit boek maakt de engelen van Dionysius toegankelijk, eerst door een adembenemend essay over 'het leven van de engelen', vervolgens door een prachtige vertaling (de eerste in het Nederlands) van dat even wonderbaarlijke als invloedrijke werk Over de hemelse hierarchie. Het is een houvast voor ieder die zich afvraagt wat dat nu eigenlijk zijn: engelen, die opdringerige tussenwezens die ons mensen iets proberen duidelijk te maken dat van het allergrootste belang is. Maar wat vertellen ze precies en waar komen ze eigenlijk vandaan en hoe gaan we met de engelen om?

Klement / Pelckmans, 2012, pap, 298 pp, € 24.95, 9789086870974
Pseudo - Dionysius de Areopagiet, Ben Schomakers (vert).
Pseudo-Dionysius de Areopagiet. Over mystieke theologie
Dionysius, of Pseudo-Dionysius zoals hij eigenlijk genoemd moet worden, omdat hij een naam en een identiteit heeft aangenomen die zeker niet de zijne waren, is raadselachtig en fascinerend als een taal die nog niet ontcijferd is en waarvan we weten dat er grote dingen in geschreven zijn. Dionysius doet het voorkomen alsof hij in de eerste eeuw leefde en met Paulus meereisde sinds de dag dat die op de Atheense Areopaag een redevoering bij het altaar gewijd aan de verborgen god gehouden had. Maar in feite leefde hij vermoedelijk in de vijfde eeuw rond Syrie. De neoplatoonse metafysica heeft het denken van Dionysius vorm gegeven, maar hem ook grenzen gesteld, die het hem af en toe moeilijk maakten zijn andere passie en overtuiging te verdedigen. Dionysius was namelijk ook christen. In feite leefde hij in het volle besef daarvan op de grens van twee culturen, die van het Griekse speculatieve denken en die van de vroege christelijke theologie, die aan de grens elkaar overlapten. Dionysius ging over die grens en verkende wat de metafysica en de theologie met elkaar gemeen hadden.

Deze studie heeft vermoedelijk het meest raadselachtige, en in ieder geval het meest invloedrijke van alle werken van Dionysius tot thema, het kleine, bijna minuscule tractaatje Over mystieke theologie. Naast een vertaling en een uitvoerig interpreterend essay bevat dit boek een uitvoerige bibliografie. Het gaat hier om een gewijzigde heruitgave van een boekje dat eerder in 1990 verscheen. Het boek is doordat het aandacht besteed aan de zogenaamde 'negatieve theologie' met name voor theologen interessant.

Marginalia, Damon, 2002, geb, 256 pp, € 19.90, 9789055733194
Pseudo-Gregory of Nyssa
Testimonies against the Jews
Transl. With an introduction and notes by M.C.Albl
SBL Writings from the Greco-Roman World vol 8, Brill/ Society of Biblical Literature, 2004, geb, 172 pp, € 79.50, 9004130403
Pseudo-Methodius, ed. & transl by Benjamin Garstad
Apocalypse. An Alexandrian World Chronicle
This volume contains two texts that crossed the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity. "The Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius" was one of the first works composed in response to the Arab invasions and the establishment of the Muslim empire in the seventh century. In a matter of decades, it was translated from its original Syriac into Greek and from Greek into Latin. (Both the Greek and Latin texts are presented here.) The Apocalypse enjoyed immense popularity throughout the Middle Ages, informing expectations of the end of the world, responses to strange and exotic invaders like the Mongols and Turks, and even the legendary versions of the life of Alexander the Great. "An Alexandrian World Chronicle" (Excerpta Latina Barbari) was considered important by no less a humanist than Joseph Scaliger. He recognized it as a representative of an early stage in the Christian chronicle tradition that would dominate medieval historiography. The original Greek text may have been a diplomatic gift from the court of Justinian to a potential ally among Frankish royalty, translated two centuries later by the Franks themselves in their efforts to convert the pagan Saxons. In addition to presenting a universal chronicle with a comprehensive ethnography and geography, the Excerpta offer a Euhemeristic narrative of the gods and another account of Alexander.
Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Harvard UP, 2012, geb, 464 pp, € 38.95, 9780674053076
Quasten, Johannes
Patrology, 4 vols
This monumental four-volume series places at the disposal of the English-reading public a solid introduction to early Christian literature and the teachings of the early Church. It is the first work of its kind written originally in English. The first volume appeared in 1950. Reviewers were unanimous in heaping praise upon the publication and in looking upon it as a breakthrough in studying the Fathers of the Church. To arouse interest in the works of the Fathers, Johannes Quasten provided numerous excerpts of Patristic writings in English. These selections were designed to show the development of theology in the early centuries and to illustrate the approach of the Fathers to the deposit of faith.

Volume I-The Beginnings of Patristic Literature: From the Apostles Creed to Irenaeus
Volume II-The Ante-Nicene Literature: After Irenaeus
Volume III: The Golden Age of Greek Patristic Literature: From the Council of Nicaea to the Council of Chalcedon
Volume IV: The Golden Age of Latin Patristic Literature: From the Council of Nicaea to the Council of Chalcedon

Ave Maria Press, 1986/1995, pap, 2072 pp, € 146.00, 9780870611414
Radde-Galwitz, A.
Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, and the Transformation of Divine Simplicity
Oxford Early Christian Studies Series, Oxford UP, 2009, geb, 261 pp, € 68.25, 9780199574117
Rankin, D.
Athenagoras. Philosopher and Theologian
Ashgate, 2009, geb, 202 pp, € 69.90, 9780754666042
Rebenich, S.
The Early Church Fathers, Routledge, 2002, pap, 211 pp, € 32.50, 9780415199063
Rebillard, E.
Christians and Their Many Identities in Late Antiquity, North Africa. (200-450 CE)
In Christians and Their Many Identities in Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200–450 CE, Eric Rebillard explores how Christians in North Africa between the age of Tertullian and the age of Augustine were selective in identifying as Christian, giving salience to their religious identity only intermittently. By shifting the focus from groups to individuals, Rebillard more broadly questions the existence of bounded, stable, and homogeneous groups based on Christianness. In emphasizing that the intermittency of Christianness is structurally consistent in the everyday life of Christians from the end of the second to the middle of the fifth century, this book opens a whole range of new questions for the understanding of a crucial period in the history of Christianity.
Cornell UP, 2012, geb, 134 pp, € 42.50, 9780801451423
Reedijk, W.
Zuiver lezen. De Bijbel gelezen op de wijze van de vroegchristelijke woestijnvaders
Alleen wie zuiver leeft, kan zuiver lezen. Dat is de centrale gedachte van de lectio divina, de manier van bijbellezen zoals die werd beoefend door de woestijnvaders uit de vierde tot de zevende eeuw na Christus. Volgens de lectio divina is de betekenis van bijbelwoorden alleen te achterhalen door lezers die de tekst met een respectvolle, biddende houding benaderen. Sinds de verlichting werd deze vorm van omgang met de Schrift echter afgeschreven als methode. De lectio divina zou wel vroom maar niet wetenschappelijk zijn. Dit boek toont aan dat die gedachtegang niet klopt.

Zuiver Lezen verschaft ons nieuwe inzichten in de omgang met en de betekenis van de bijbel. Tegelijkertijd bekritiseert Reedijk de wetenschapstheoretische claims van het gangbare bijbelonderzoek. Aan de hand van de Collatio XIV van Cassianus wordt eerst de leef- en gedachtewereld van de woestijnvaders beschreven. Hun verstaan van de bijbel wordt vergeleken met de denkbeelden van Origenes en Augustinus. Aan de hand van enkele moderne auteurs die de bijbel eveneens biddend willen lezen, wordt vervolgens een brug geslagen naar onze tijd.

Zuiver lezen is een toegankelijk werk voor iedereen die geinteresseerd is in de bijbel, spiritualiteit, hermeneutiek en de monastieke wereld.

Damon, 2006, pap, 292 pp, € 24.90, 9789055736997
Reeves, J.C.
Prolegomena to a History of Islamicate Manichaeism
This book provides an anthology of sources highlighting Manichaeism, a gnostic religion which flourished largely clandestinely in the Near East, Central Asia, and China until the beginning of the seventeenth century. It translates and discusses the importance of a number of Arabic, Syriac, and Hebrew testimonies for a proper understanding of the cultural importance of what most scholars consider to be the first 'world religion.' Many of these sources are translated here into English for the first time.
Comparative Islamic Studies Series, Equinox, 2011, geb, 338 pp, € 92.90, 9781904768524
Reinink, G.J.
Syriac Christianity under Late Sasanian and Early Islamic Rule
Variorum Collected Studies, Ashgate, 2005, geb, 344 pp, € 102.50, 0860789756 / 9780860789758
Reisen, Hans van (red)
Door het vuur voor de armen. Oudste getuigenissen over Laurentius
In Nederland en Vlaanderen zijn ruim negentig kerken en kapellen aan Laurentius toegewijd. Dat is opmerkelijk voor een heilige die ergens uit het huidige Noord-Spanje afkomstig was en in Rome de marteldood stierf, waarschijnlijk op 10 augustus 258. In onze Lage Landen heeft Laurentius nooit een voetstap gezet. Toch kent de waardering voor hem op enkele plaatsen hier al een lange geschiedenis van meer dan duizend jaar.

Voor deze bundel werden de oudste getuigenissen over Laurentius bijeengebracht. Zij dateren van de vierde tot en met de dertiende eeuw. De teksten zijn afkomstig van Ambrosius, Prudentius, Augustinus, Petrus Chrysologus, Leo de Grote, Maximus van Turijn, Gregorius van Tours en Jacobus de Voragine. Meestal gaat het om preken, die gehouden zijn op Laurentius' feestdag. Maar onder de geselecteerde bronnen bevinden zich ook andere literaire genres.

Elke auteur geeft een eigen kleur aan wat hij in Laurentius waardeert en bewondert. Daardoor ontstaat een prachtig beeld van de heilige, die vooral befaamd werd door zijn zorg voor de armen en de manier waarop hij voor hen door het vuur is gegaan. Aan de vertalingen hebben verschillende classici meegewerkt. Het resultaat biedt een mooie weergave van de diverse stijlen in de Latijnse bronnen. In het boek zijn acht kleurenafbeeldingen opgenomen.

Damon, 2015, pap, 168 pp, € 16.90, 9789460362132
Reynolds, Philip Lyndon
Marriage in the Western Church: The Christianization of Marriage during the Patristic and Early Medieval Periods
by order ca 1-2 weeks
Brill, 2001, pap, 466 pp., € 47.90, 0 391 04108 8
Rhodes, M.C.
Mystery in Philosophy. An Invocation of Pseudo-Dionysius
Typically, mystery does not receive much attention in philosophy. Although Heidegger and other key philosophers have made a place for mystery in philosophy, many find such philosophizing suspect and unconvincing. As a general rule, contemporary philosophers have taken a different approach, and, thus, there has been very little discussion of mystery in philosophy. As a study of mystery in philosophy, this book is therefore somewhat unique. Moreover, it is also distinctive in the way it approaches the subject, tuning to an unpopular figure-Dionysius the Areopagite (c. 500)-in contemporary philosophy in effort to make connections between that form of thought and various claims and indications of mystery. Thus, the book is unconventional in terms of both its subject matter and its methodology.
Lexington Books, 2012, geb, 132 pp, € 49.50, 9780739134344
Robertson, J.M.
Christ as Mediator: A Study of the Theologies of Eusebius of Caesarea, Marcellus of Ancyra, and Athanasius of Alexandria
Oxford UP, 2007, geb, 249 pp, € 98.75, 978019921606
Robinson, T. A.
Ignatius of Antioch and the Parting of the Ways: Early Jewish Christian Relations
Hendrickson Publishers, 2009, pap, 285 pp, € 25.50, 9781598563238
Rogers, C.F.
Baptism and Christian Archeology
Gorgias, 2007, pap, € 48.75, 9781593334741
Rokeah, D.
Justin Martyr and the Jews (Justinus)
Jewish & Christian Perspectives Series, Brill, 2002, geb, 157 pp, € 60.50, 9004123105
Roldanus, J.
The Church in the age of Constantine. The Theological Challenges
The Church in the Age of Constantine provides a refined theological screening of the doctrinal and ethical thinking during the fourth century. Relating biblical essentials to ancient cosmology and anthropology, Roldanus uses the concept of 'contextualisation' to appreciate this process. He makes clear that, however much the winning positions were dependent on the interfering of the State, the theological reflection went nevertheless its proper way, conditioned as it was by various understandings of salvation-in-Christ. There was a natural concern to relate salvation to the most important elements of the existing culture. Providing models for reflection on inculturation, this study helps students to focus on the essentials and to form an unprejudiced opinion on this crucial period of history.
Routledge, 2006, pap, 227 pp, € 32.00, 9780415409049
Rousseau, P.
Ascetics, Authority, and the Church in the Age of Jerome and Cassian. Second Edition
2nd Revised edition
Notre Dame UP, 1978/2010, pap, 278 pp, € 34.50, 9780268040291
Rouw, Mattias
Woestijnvaders onderweg, inspiratie voor nu
In Woestijnvaders maak je kennis met een unieke selectie van inspirerende mannen en vrouwen uit het eerste millennium, die deel uitmaakten van een intrigerende monnikenbeweging. Vanaf de derde eeuw trokken illustere karakters als Antonius de Grote, Mozes de Donkere, Johannes van de Ladder, Maria uit Egypte en Syncletica uit Alexandrie de Egyptische woestijn in, op zoek naar spirituele ontwikkeling, wijsheid en inspiratie. In dit boek leer je niet alleen over hun levens, maar komen ook de Woestijnvaderspreuken aan de orde: een bundeling vol praktische tips, inspirerende raadgevingen, provocerende aforismen en diepe wijsheden.

Met herkenbare thema's voor zowel gelovigen als niet-gelovigen biedt Woestijnvaders inzichten uit de eerste eeuwen die niet droog of stoffig zijn, maar juist verrassend actueel.

Brandaan, 2018, pap, 117 pp, € 9.99, 9789460050428
Russell, N.
The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2004 / 2006, pap, 418 pp, € 36.50, 9780199205974
Russell, N.
Theophilus of Alexandria
Early Church Fathers, Routledge, 2007, pap, 240 pp, € 30.00, 9780415289153
Saak, E.L.
Creating Augustine. Interpreting Augustine and Augustinianism in the Later Middle Ages
The term 'Augustinianism' has been used by scholars for over a century to refer to trends in medieval philosophy, theology, and politics, which had a major effect on the transformations of European culture and society from the Middle Ages to the onset of modernity. Yet in each of these three disciplines 'Augustinianism' means something different, and the lack of clarity only increases when the debates over the relationship between a late medieval Augustinianism and Martin Luther are considered as well. Based on historical, philological, and iconographic analysis, this study adopts a hermeneutical approach drawn from philosophical hermeneutics, religious studies, and literary and sociological theory to argue for a historical, as distinct from a philosophical or theological referent for the term 'Augustinianism'.

The interpretation of Augustine and of a late medieval Augustinianism can only be based historically on the newly created image of Augustine discerned in the writings of the Augustinian Hermits in the early fourteenth century. Recognising the diverse dimensions of this created image is requisite to a historical understanding of Augustine's late medieval reception and impact. Understanding Augustine as a 'created' saint has implications for a wider understanding of Augustine's influence stretching on beyond the later Middle Ages up until the present day.

Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 258 pp, € 95.00, 9780199646388
Salisbury, J.E.
The Blood of Martyrs. Unintended Consequences of Ancient Violence
Routledge UP, 2004, geb, 233 pp, € 33.00, 0415941296
Schoedel, William R.
Ignatius of Antioch: A Commentary on the Letters of Ignatius of Antioch

For the complete Hermeneia series see this link

Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible, Fortress Press, 1985, geb, 306 pp, € 43.00, 9780800660161
Schomakers, Ben (red)
Spreken over de grens, essays over Dionysius en de onkenbare God
Dionysius de Areopagiet is een van de meest fascinerende, maar ook meest raadselachtige denkers uit de geschiedenis. Hij opereerde op de grensvlakken van theologie en filosofie, van christendom en platonisme, van literatuur en betoog, en koos daarbij aan het eind van de 5de eeuw na Christus het perspectief van Dionysius, die zich in Handelingen door Paulus op het spoor van de onkenbare God had laten zetten.

Dionysius onderzoekt de ondoordringbaarheid van de grens tussen woord en God, tussen mens en God, waarbij hij uitgaat van een waaier van benaderingen, openbaring, theologie (of filosofie), spiritualiteit en mystieke ervaring. Zoals hij zijn identiteit niet prijsgeeft, onthoudt hij ons een ondubbelzinnig antwoord over de vraag naar de grens.

De beweging naar de onkenbare God is het thema van negen essays, die de mogelijkheden in kaart brengen om op een passende manier over de andere zijde van de grens te spreken. Of juist te zwijgen. Met bijdragen van Inigo Bocken, Desanne van Brederode, Marc De Kesel, Michiel ter Horst, Andrew Louth, Rico Sneller, Ben Schomakers, Carlos Steel & Rudi te Velde.

Sjibbolet Filosofie, Sjibbolet, 2017, pap, 224 pp, € 22.95, 9789491110313
Schor, A. M.
Theodoret`s People. Social Networks and Religious Conflict in Late Roman Syria
"Theodoret's People" sheds new light on religious clashes of the mid-fifth century regarding the nature (or natures) of Christ. Adam M. Schor focuses on Theodoret, bishop of Cyrrhus, his Syrian allies, and his opponents, led by Alexandrian bishops Cyril and Dioscorus. Although both sets of clerics adhered to the Nicene creed, their contrasting theological statements led to hostilities, violence, and the permanent fracturing of the Christian community. Schor closely examines council transcripts, correspondence, and other records of communication. Using social network theory, he argues that Theodoret's doctrinal coalition was actually a meaningful community, bound by symbolic words and traditions, riven with internal rivalries, and embedded in a wider world of elite friendship and patronage.
Transformation of the Classical Heritage, California UP, 2011, geb, 320 pp, € 49.50, 9780520268623
Schott, J.M.
Christianity, Empire, and the Making of Religion in Late Antiquity
Divinations. Rereading Late Ancient Religion, PENN, 2008, geb, 254 pp, € 55.75, 9780812240924
Schroeder, C.T.
Monastic Bodies. Discipline and Salvation in Shenoute of Atripe
Shenoute of Atripe led the White Monastery, a community of several thousand male and female Coptic monks in Upper Egypt, between approximately 395 and 465 C.E. Shenoute's letters, sermons, and treatises-one of the most detailed bodies of writing to survive from any early monastery-provide an unparalleled resource for the study of early Christian monasticism and asceticism. In Monastic Bodies, Caroline Schroeder offers an in-depth examination of the asceticism practiced at the White Monastery using diverse sources, including monastic rules, theological treatises, sermons, and material culture. Schroeder details Shenoute's arduous disciplinary code and philosophical structure, including the belief that individual sin corrupted not only the individual body but the entire corporate body of the community. Thus the purity of the community ultimately depended upon the integrity of each individual monk. Shenoute's ascetic discourse focused on purity of the body, but he categorized as impure not only activities such as sex but any disobedience and other more general transgressions. Shenoute emphasized the important practices of discipline, or askesis, in achieving this purity. Contextualizing Shenoute within the wider debates about asceticism, sexuality, and heresy that characterized late antiquity, Schroeder compares his views on bodily discipline, monastic punishments, the resurrection of the body, the incarnation of Christ, and monastic authority with those of figures such as Cyril of Alexandria, Paulinus of Nola, and Pachomius.
Pennsylvania UP, 2007, geb, 237 pp, € 72.50, 9780812239904
Schumacher, L.
Divine Illumination. The History and Future of Augustine`s Theory of Knowledge
Challenges in Contemporary Theology Series, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, geb, 250p, € 95.00, 9780470657423
Schwartz, Daniel L.
Paideia and Cult: Christian Initiation in Theodore of Mopsuestia
Paideia and Cult explores the role of Christian education and worship in the complex process of conversion and Christianization. It analyzes the Catechetical Homilies of Theodore of Mopsuestia as a curriculum designed to train those seeking initiation into the Christian mysteries. Although Theodore gave considerable attention to teaching creedal theology, he sought to go beyond simply communicating information. His catechetical preaching set the teaching of Christian ideas within the context of religious community and ritual participation. In doing so he sought to produce a Christianized view of the world and of the convert's place in a community of worship. Theodore's attention to the communal, cognitive, and ritual components of initiation suggest a substantive understanding of religious conversion, yet one that avoids an overemphasis on intellectual and psychological transformation. Throughout this study catechesis emerges as invaluable for comprehending the ability of clergy to initiate new members as Christianity gained increasing prominence within the late Roman world.
Hellenic Studies Series 57, Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies, 2013, pap, 170 pp, € 26.00, 9780674067035
The Sentences of Sextus
Chadwick, H. (ed)
Texts & Studies, Contributions to Biblical & Patristic Literature, second series, Cambridge UP, 2004, pap, 193 pp, € 28.00, 0521541085
Shoemaker, S.J.
Ancient Traditions of the Virgin Mary’s Dormition and Assumption
Oxford Early Christian Studies Series, Oxford UP, 2006, pap, 480 pp, € 42.50, 9780199210749
Silvas, A.M.
The Asketikon of St. Basil the Great
by order / te bestellen
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2005, geb, 517 pp, € 154.95, 0199273510
Smaragdus of Saint-Mihiel
Commentary on the Rule of Saint Benedict
Cistercian Studies Series 212, Cistercian Publications, 2007, pap, 568 pp, € 42.90, 9780879072124
Smeets, A.
Conversio. Bekering en missionering bij Gregorius de Grote. Een semiotiek van het verleden
te bestellen
Valkhof Pers, 2007, pap, 304 pp, € 28.00, 9789056252496
Smith, J. W.
Christian Grace and Pagan Virtue. The Theological Foundations of Ambrose`s Ethics
Oxford Studies in Historical Theology, Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 368 pp, € 67.50, 9780195369939
Smith, J.W.
Passion and Paradise. Human and Divine Emotion in the Thought of Gregory of Nyssa
Crossroad, 2004, pap, 291 pp, € 41.00, 0824519442
Snyder, G.F.
Irish Jesus, Roman Jesus. The Formation of Early Irish Christianity.
Trinity, 2002, pap, 280 pg, € 27.50, 1563383853
Sommerfeldt, J.R.
Aelred of Rievaulx :Pursuing Perfect Happiness
The Newman Press, 2005, pap, 185 pp, € 25.25, 0809142619
Stang, C. M.
Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite: No Longer I
This book examines the writings of an early sixth-century Christian mystical theologian who wrote under the name of a convert of the apostle Paul, Dionysius the Areopagite. This 'Pseudo'- Dionysius is famous for articulating a mystical theology in two parts: a sacramental and liturgical mysticism embedded in the context of celestial and ecclesiastical hierarchies, and an austere, contemplative regimen in which one progressively negates the divine names in hopes of soliciting union with the 'unknown God' or 'God beyond being.'

Charles M. Stang argues that the pseudonym and the influence of Paul together constitute the best interpretive lens for understanding the Corpus Dionysiacum (CD).
Stang demonstrates how Paul animates the entire corpus, and shows that the influence of Paul illuminates such central themes of the CD as hierarchy, theurgy, deification, Christology, affirmation (kataphasis) and negation (apophasis), dissimilar similarities, and unknowing. Most importantly, Paul serves as a fulcrum for the expression of a new theological anthropology, an 'apophatic anthropology'. Dionysius figures Paul as the premier apostolic witness to this apophatic anthropology, as the ecstatic lover of the divine who confesses to the rupture of his self and the indwelling of the divine in Gal 2:20: 'it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.' Building on this notion of apophatic anthropology, the book forwards an explanation for why this sixth-century author chose to write under an apostolic pseudonym. Stang argues that the very practice of pseudonymous writing itself serves as an ecstatic devotional exercise whereby the writer becomes split in two and thereby open to the indwelling of the divine. Pseudonymity is on this interpretation integral and internal to the aims of the wider mystical enterprise.
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 236 pp, € 81.00, 9780199640423
Steenberg, M. C.
Of God and Man, Theology as Anthropology from Irenaeus to Athanasius
T&T Clark, 2009, pap, 208 pp, € 34.00, 9780567033703
Sterk, A.
Renouncing the World yet Leading the Church. The Monk-Bishop in Late Antiquity
Harvard UP, 2004, geb, 360 pp, € 52.00, 0674011899
Stock, B.
Augustine`s Inner Dialogue. The Philosophical Soliloquy in Late Antiquity
Cambridge UP, 2010, geb, 240 pp, € 67.50, 9780521190312
Streete, G. P. C.
Redeemed Bodies. Women Martyrs in Early Christianity
Westminster John Knox Press, 2009, pap, 177 pp, € 24.00, 9780664233297
Stump, E. & N. Kretzmann (eds)
The Cambridge Companion to Augustine (Augustinus)
Cambridge Companion, Cambridge UP, 2001, pap, 307 pp, € 24.90, 9780521659857
Synesios van Kyrene, Piet Gerbrandy ( vert. en toelichting)
Synesios van Kyrene: Dans die het heelal omkranst. Negen hymnen aan de Ene
Hoe zou je het mysterie van het universum, dat een goddelijke oorsprong heeft, beter kunnen oproepen dan in liederen die de eeuwige kosmische ritmes als het ware reproduceren? Dat moet althans de drijfveer geweest zijn die Synesios van Kyrene (ca. 370-413) ertoe heeft gebracht zijn diepste gedachten over God en mens, geest en ziel, energie en materie neer te leggen in negen hymnen. Synesios, christen en neoplatoons filosoof, leerling van Hypatia van Alexandrie, werd in een uitermate roerige tijd bisschop, in de hoop in die hoedanigheid nog iets voor zijn land te kunnen betekenen. Toen hij in 413 uitgeput stierf, liet hij een omvangrijk oeuvre na van brieven, redevoeringen en filosofische beschouwingen, maar binnen dit geheel vormen de swingende en beeldende hymnen het kloppend hart
Monobiblos, 3, Damon, 2016, pap, 94 pp, € 14.90, 9789463400183
Talbot, J. M.
Blessings of St. Benedict
Liturgical Press, 2011, pap, 129 pp, € 18.50, 9780814633854
Theodore Abu Qurrah
Theodore Abu Qurrah
Library of the Christian East, Volume I, Brigham Young UP, 2006, geb, 279 pp, € 42.95, 0934893004 / 9780934893008
Theodoret of Cyrus
The Questions on the Octateuch: Volume 1: On Genesis and Exodus
Library of Early Christianity, CUA Press, 2007, geb, 347 pp, € 52.50, 9780813214986
Theodoret of Cyrus
The Questions on the Octateuch: Volume 1: On Genesis and Exodus
Library of Early Christianity, CUA Press, 2007, pap, 347 pp, € 32.95, 9780813214993
Theodoret of Cyrus
The Questions on the Octateuch, Volume 2
Greek text revised by J.F. Petruccione, English translation with introduction and commentary by R.C. Hill, by order
Catholic University of America Press, 2008, pap, 431 pp, € 26.00, 9780813215013
Thomas von Aquin
Die doctrina christiana als Wissenschaft - Beruhmte Traktate und kleinere Schrifte
Aus dem Lateinischen ubersetzt von Joseph Bernhart Herausgegeben von Wilhelm Metz
Verlag der Weltreligionen, 2010, geb, 500 pp, € 32.00, 9783458700173
Thom, C.
Early Irish Monasticism: An Understanding of its Cultural Roots
T&T Clark, 2007, pap, 226 pp, € 36.50, 9780567032751
Tiemersma, B.E.W.
De kortere regel van Basilios
Discovery, 2008, pap, 240 pp, € 19.90, 9789077728123
Tollefsen, T.T.
Activity and Participation in Late Antique and Early Christian Thought
Activity and Participation in Late Antique and Early Christian Thought is an investigation into two basic concepts of ancient pagan and Christian thought. The study examines how activity in Christian thought is connected with the topic of participation: for the lower levels of being to participate in the higher means to receive the divine activity into their own ontological constitution. Torstein Theodor Tollefsen sets a detailed discussion of the work of church fathers Gregory of Nyssa, Dionysius the Areopagite, Maximus the Confessor, and Gregory Palamas in the context of earlier trends in Aristotelian and Neoplatonist philosophy. His concern is to highlight how the Church Fathers thought energeia (i.e. activity or energy) is manifested as divine activity in the eternal constitution of the Trinity, the creation of the cosmos, the Incarnation of Christ, and in salvation understood as deification.
The Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 229 pp, € 87.90, 9780199605965
Tollefsen, T.T.
The Christocentric Cosmology of St. Maximus the Confessor
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 243 pp, € 71.95, 9780199237142
Toronen, M.
Union and Distinction in the Thought of St. Maximus the Confessor
Oxford Early Christian Studies Series, Oxford UP, 2007, geb, 240 pp, € 66.50, 9780199296118
Torrance, Alexis C.
Repentance in Late Antiquity: Eastern Asceticism and the Framing of the Christian Life C.400-650 CE
The call to repentance is central to the message of early Christianity. While this is undeniable, the precise meaning of the concept of repentance for early Christians has rarely been investigated to any great extent, beyond studies of the rise of penitential discipline. In this study, the rich variety of meanings and applications of the concept of repentance are examined, with a particular focus on the writings of several ascetic theologians of the fifth to seventh centuries: SS Mark the Monk, Barsanuphius and John of Gaza, and John Climacus. These theologians provide some of the most sustained and detailed elaborations of the concept of repentance in late antiquity. They predominantly see repentance as a positive, comprehensive idea that serves to frame the whole of Christian life, not simply one or more of its parts. While the modern dominant understanding of repentance as a moment of sorrowful regret over past misdeeds, or as equivalent to penitential discipline, is present to a degree, such definitions by no means exhaust the concept for them. The path of repentance is depicted as stretching from an initial about-face completed in baptism, through the living out of the baptismal gift by keeping the Gospel commandments, culminating in the idea of intercessory repentance for others, after the likeness of Christ's innocent suffering for the world. While this overarching role for repentance in Christian life is clearest in ascetic works, these are not explored in isolation, and attention is also paid to the concept of repentance in Scripture, the early church, apocalyptic texts, and canonical material. This not only permits the elaboration of the views of the ascetics in their larger context, but further allows for an overall re-assessment of the often misunderstood, if not overlooked, place of repentance in early Christian theology.
Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs, Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 244 pp, € 74.95, 9780199665365
Traina, Giusto
428 AD: An Ordinary Year at the End of the Roman Empire
Princeton UP, 2009, geb, 201pp, € 24.00, 9780691136691
Trigg, Joseph W.
Origen was the most influential Christian theologian before Augustine, the founder of Biblical study as a serious discipline in the Christian tradition, and a figure with immense influence on the development of Christian spirituality. This volume presents a comprehensive and accessible insight into Origen's life and writings. An introduction analyzes the principal influences that formed him as a Christian and as a thinker, his emergence as a mature theologian at Alexandria, his work in Caesarea and his controversial legacy. Fresh translations of a representative selection of Origen's writings, including some never previously available in print, show how Origen provided a lasting framework for Christian theology by finding through study of the Bible a coherent understanding of God's saving plan.
The early church fathers, Routledge, 1998, pap, 292 pp, € 28.00, 9780415118361
Turcescu, L.
Gregory of Nyssa and the Concept of Divine Persons
AAR Academy Series, Oxford UP, 2005, geb, 171 pp, € 41.00, 0195174259
Turner, C.H.
The Day and Year of Saint Polycarp’s Martyrdom
reprint, orig. publ. 1890
Analecta Gorgiana 19, Gorgias Press, 2006, pap, 51 pp, € 42.30, 1593334974 / 9781593334970
Uhalde, K.
Expectations of Justice in the Age of Augustine
Pennsylvania UP, 2007, geb, 232 pp, € 60.00, 9780812239874
Urbainczyk, Th.
Theodoret of Cyrrhus. The Bishop and the Holy Man
by order
Michigan UP, 2002, geb, 174 pp, € 82.50, 047211266x / 9780472112661
Vassilaki, M. (ed.)
Images of the Mother of God. Perceptions of the Theotokos in Byzantium
Ashgate Publishing, 2005, geb, 383 pp, € 82.50, 0754636038
Vaught, C.G.
Access to God in Augustines Confessions, Books X-XIII
SUNY, 2005, geb, 280 pp, € 68.00, 0791464091
Vaught, C.G.
Encounters with God in Augustines Confessions, Books VII-IX (Augustinus)
SUNY, 2004, geb, 175 pp, € 42.25, 0791461076
Vessey, M.
Latin Christian Writers in Late Antiquity and their Texts
Variorum Collected Studies, Ashgate, 2005, geb, € 98.50, 0860789810
Veyne, P.
When Our World Became Christian, 312-394
Polity, 2010, pap, 248 pp, € 24.50, 9780745644998
Veyne, P.
When Our World Became Christian, 312-394
Polity, 2010, geb, 248 pp, € 70.90, 9780745644981
Waal, Esther De
Seeking God, The Way of St. Benedict
A new edition of this contemporary spirtitual classic in which the ancient and gentle wisdom of the Rule of St Benedict is explored in realtion to the demands of modern living and the importance of balance between prayer, work and study.
Canterbury Press, 1999, pap, 160 pp, € 13.95, 9781853113468
Ward, B.
The Venerable Bede
Outstanding Christian Thinkers, Continuum, 2005, pap, 168 pp, € 17.95, 0826476600 / 9780826476609
Wardrop. M.
Life of Saint Nino
reprint, orig. publ. 1890
Analecta Gorgiana 3, Gorgias Press, 2006, pap, 52 pp, € 42.30, 1593334710 / 9781593334710
Watts, E.J.
Riot in Alexandria. Tradition and Group Dynamics in Late Antique Pagan and Christian Communities
California UP, 2010, geb, 290 pp, € 52.50, 9780520262072
Weinandy, T.G.
Athanasius. A Theological Introduction
Great Theologians Series, Ashgate, 2007, pap, 150 pp, € 27.50, 9780754617204
Weinandy, T.G. & D.A. Keating (eds)
The Theology of St Cyril of Alexandria. A Critical Appreciation
T & T Clark, 2003, geb, 269 pp, € 57.90, 9780567089007
Weingarten, S.
The Saint’s Saints. Hagiography and Geography in Jerome
by order /te bestellen
Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity 58, Brill, 2005, geb, 317 pp, € 105.00, 9004143874
Wessel, S.
Cyril of Alexandria and the Nestorian Controversy. The Making of a Saint and of a Heretic
Oxford Early Christianity Studies, Oxford UP, 2004, geb, 365 pp, € 96.50, 0199268460
Wetzel, J.
Augustine. A Guide for the Perplexed
Continuum Guides for the Perplexed, Continuum, 2010, pap, 146 pp, € 21.50, 9781847061966
Wilken, R.L.
The Land called Holy. Palestine in Christian History and Thought
This important, wide-ranging book examines how Palestine became a Holy Land to Christians and how their ideas and feelings toward the land of the Bible evolved as Christians lived there and made it their own. Robert L. Wilken traces the Christian conception of a Holy Land from its origins in the Hebrew Bible to the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in the seventh century and also discusses how Jews responded to the Christianization of the Land of Israel.
Yale UP, 1992, pap, 355 pp, € 36.00, 9780300060836
Williams, A.N.
The Divine Sense. The Intellect in Patristic Theology
Cambridge UP, 2007, geb, 252 pp, € 67.90, 9780521793179
Williams, D.H.
Ambrose of Milan and the End of the Arian-Nicene Conflicts (Ambrosius)
This study re-evaluates the history of the struggle between orthodoxy and heresy in the early church. Dr Williams argues that the traditional picture of Nicene ascendancy in the western church from 350 - 381 is substantially misleading, and in particular that the conventional portrait of Ambrose of Milan as one who rapidly and easily overpowered his "Arian" opponents is a fictional product derived from idealized accounts of the fifth century. Sources illustrating the struggle between the orthodox pro-Nicenes and "Arians" or Homoians, in the fourth century reveal that Latin "Arianism" was not the lifeless and theologically alien system that historians of the last century would have us believe. Dr Williams shows that the majority of churches in the West had little practical use for the Nicene creed until the end of the 350s - over twenty five years after it was first issued under Constantine - and that the ultimate triumph of the Nicene faith was not as inevitable as it has been assumed. Ambrose himself was seriously harrassed by sustained attacks from "Arians" in Milan for the first decade of his episcopate, and his early career demonstrates the severity of the religious conflict which embroiled the western churches,especially in North Italy. Only after an intense and uncertain decade did Ambrose finally prevail in Milan once the Nicene form of faith was embraced by the Roman empire through imperial legislation and "Arianism" was outlawed as heresy. This is an innovative and challenging book full of illumination new insights on the social, political, and theological entanglements of the early church.
Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford, 1995, geb, 259 pp, € 119.00, 9780198264644
Williams, M.H.
The Monk and the Book. Jerome and the Making of Christian Scholarship
Chicago UP, 2006, geb, 312 pp, € 49.90, 9780226899008
Williams, M.S.
Authorised Lives in Early Christian Biography. Between Eusebius and Augustine
Cambridge Classical Studies, Cambridge UP, 2008, geb, 262 pp, € 79.90, 9780521894906
Willigen, M.A.
Ambrosius, De Ioseph
Boekencentrum, 2008, pap, 517 pp, € 39.90, 9789023923282
Willigen, M.A. van
Bidden met Augustinus in de vroege kerk
Meer dan 200 unieke gebeden uit Augustinus Belijdenissen aangevuld met 40 gebeden van diverse geloofsgetuigen uit de Vroege Kerk. Inspirerende teksten waarin het gebedsleven van belijdende christenen centraal staat.
Dwarsligger, 2012, geb, 635 pp, € 14.95, 9789460730184
Wills, G.
Augustine's Confessions. A Biography
In this brief and incisive book, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills tells the story of the "Confessions" - what motivated Augustine to dictate it, how it asks to be read, and the many ways it has been misread in the one-and-a-half millennia since it was composed. Following Wills' biography of Augustine and his translation of the "Confessions", this is an unparalleled introduction to one of the most important books in the Christian and Western traditions. Understandably fascinated by the story of Augustine's life, modern readers have largely succumbed to the temptation to read the "Confessions" as autobiography. But, Wills argues, this is a mistake. The book is not autobiography but rather a long prayer, suffused with the language of Scripture and addressed to God, not man. Augustine tells the story of his life not for its own significance but in order to discern how, as a drama of sin and salvation leading to God, it fits into sacred history. 'We have to read Augustine as we do Dante', Wills writes, 'alert to rich layer upon layer of Scriptural and theological symbolism'. Wills also addresses the long afterlife of the book, from controversy in its own time and relative neglect during the Middle Ages to a renewed prominence beginning in the fourteenth century and persisting to today, when the "Confessions" has become an object of interest not just for Christians but also historians, philosophers, psychiatrists, and literary critics. With unmatched clarity and skill, Wills strips away the centuries of misunderstanding that have accumulated around Augustine's spiritual classic.
Lives of Great Religious Books, Princeton UP, 2011, geb, 176 pp, € 19.50, 9780691143576
Wills, G.
Balans Biografie, Balans, 2001, pap, 192 pp, € 15.90, 9050185487
Wills, G.
The Font of Life. Ambrose, Augustine, and the Mystery of Baptism
One of the most important religious sites in the world is largely hidden and rarely visited. It lies under the piazza in front of Milan's cathedral, and was uncovered by archaeologists only after World War II. It is part of the foundations of a fourth century cathedral from the time of Bishop Ambrose, the most powerful figure in the Christian West during Late Antiquity.

To reach it, one must go inside the huge later cathedral and find a stairway by its western wall. After descending narrow stairs one reaches an eight-sided pool (piscine) that was used for total-immersion baptisms by Ambrose. There at dawn on Easter of 387, a cluster of people seeking baptism had gathered after an all-night vigil. Among those seeking baptism was Augustine, an African who had served as the imperial orator at the Milan court of the Emperor. Augustine would go back to his native Africa to become the bishop of Hippo and the most influential writer of the Christian West during the whole later course of the Middle Ages. Alongside him stood his son, his mother, his brother, and two of his pupils and academic colleagues. Nothing less than the future of the Western church was being formed in this cluster of talent and devotion. Font of Life tells the story of this crucial event in the history of the Church.

Beginning with the archaeology of Ambrose's Milan and the discovery of the baptistery, Garry Wills tells the story of the at times prickly relationship between Ambrose and Augustine and its importance for the future history of the Church, illuminating the scene of the baptism itself, along with the sources of its ritual, and introducing us to the company of the relatives and friends who greeted Augustine as he emerged from the pool. Appropriately, the book ends with a reflection on the later relationship between Augustine and Ambrose and the influence of the latter upon Augustine's later thought - which has been so seminal in the development of Christian thought ever since.

Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 194 pp, € 26.50, 9780199605798
Winn, R.E
Eusebius of Emesa. Church & Theology in the Mid-Fourth Century
CUA Press, 2011, geb, 277 pp, € 77.00, 9780813218762
Wood, Philip
The Chronicle of Seert. Christian Historical Imagination in Late Antique Iraq
This monograph uses a medieval Arabic chronicle, the Chronicle of Seert, as a window into the Christian history of Iraq. The Chronicle describes events that are unknown from other sources, but it is most useful for what it tells us about the changes agendas of those who wrote history and their audiences in the period c.400-800.

By splitting the Chronicle into its constituent layers, Philip Wood presents a rich cultural history of Iraq. He examines the Christians' self-presentation as a church of the martyrs and the uncomfortable reality of close engagement with the Sasanian state. The history of the past was used as a source of solidarity in the present, to draw together disparate Christian communities. But it also represented a means of criticising figures in the present, whether these be secular rulers or over-mighty bishops and abbots.

The Chronicle gives us an insight into the development of an international awareness within the church in Iraq. Christians increasingly raised their horizons to the Roman Empire in the West, which offered a model of Christian statehood, while also being the source of resented theological innovation or heresy. It also shows us the competing strands of patronage within the church: between laymen and clergy; church and state; centre and periphery. Building on earlier scholarship rooted in the contemporary Syriac sources, Wood complements that picture with the testimony of this later witness.

Oxford Early Christian Studies, Oxford University Press, 2013, geb, 305 pp, € 87.00, 9780199670673
Wortley, John (ed & transl.)
The 'Anonymous' Sayings of the Desert Fathers ( Apophthegmata Patrum): A Select Edition and Complete English Translation
The Tales and Sayings of the Desert Fathers (Apophthegmata Patrum) are a key source of evidence for the practice and theory respectively of eremitic monasticism, a significant phenomenon within the early history of Christianity. The publication of this book finally ensures the availability of all three major collections which constitute the work, edited and translated into English. Richer in Tales than the 'Alphabetic' collection to which this is an appendix (both to be dated c.AD 500), the 'Anonymous' collection presented in this volume furnishes almost as much material for the study of the late antique world from which the monk sought to escape as it does for the monastic endeavour itself. More material continued to be added well into the seventh century and so the spread and gradual evolution of monasticism are illustrated here over a period of about two and a half centuries.
Cambridge University Press, 2013, geb, 651 pp, € 116.00, 9780521509886
Wright, J.R.
A Companion to Bede. A Readers Commentary on The Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Eerdmans, 2008, geb, 152 pp, € 21.00, 9780802863096
Yarnold, E.
Cyril of Jerusalem
The Early Church Fathers Series, Routledge, 2000, pap, 221 pp, € 32.50, 9780415199049
Young, F. M., with A. Teal
From Nicaea to Chalcedon. A Guide to the Literature and Its Background. Second Edition
SCM Press, 1983/2010, pap, 406 pp, € 32.95, 9780334029939