Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan
Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan offers the first critical overview of the hymns of Ambrose of Milan in the context of fourth-century doctrinal song and Ambrose's own catechetical preaching. Brian P. Dunkle, SJ, argues that these settings inform the interpretation of Ambrose's hymnodic project. The hymns employ sophisticated poetic techniques to foster a pro-Nicene sensitivity in the bishop's embattled congregation. After a summary presentation of early Christian hymnody, with special attention to Ambrose's Latin predecessors, Dunkle describes the mystagogical function of fourth-century songs. He examines Ambrose's sermons, especially his catechetical and mystagogical works, for preached parallels to this hymnodic effort. Close reading of Ambrose's hymnodic corpus constitutes the bulk of the study. Dunkle corroborates his findings through a treatment of early Ambrosian imitations, especially the poetry of Prudentius. These early readers amplify the hymnodic features that Dunkle identifies as "enchanting," that is, enlightening the "eyes of faith."
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Aeterna Christi Aeterne Rerum Agnes Ambrogio Ambrose of Milan Ambrose’s hymns Ambrosian Ambrosius von Mailand Apostolorum appears argue Arian audience Augustine Augustine’s authenticity baptism biblical bishop Boeft catechesis catechetical Cathemerinon celebration Charlet Christ Christological church classical composed congregation congregation’s corpus CSEL divine doctrinal dominical feasts Early Christian ecclesia emphasizes Ephrem Ephrem the Syrian especially faith Father fides final stanza fourth century Franz Giuseppe Lazzati Gregory of Nazianzus Hilary’s Holy Homoian hymn’s hymnody Iam Surgit identified Illuminans Intende qui regis Jacques Fontaine Lanéry language Latin Lawrence Lawrence’s little hours liturgical martyrs Milanese Moreover mystagogical Mysterium Mirabile mystical reading Nauroy Nicene original pagan parallels particular Peter poem poetic Poetry proNicene Protasius and Gervasius Prudentius Prudentius’s Psal Psalms Rector Potens reference regis Israel repetition Roman Rome sacramental Sant’Ambrogio scholars Scripture Sedulius sermons singing song Splendor Paternae stanza suggests sung Tageslauf und Heilsgeschichte themes theological verse Zerfass