Reading the Gospels with Gregory the Great: Homilies on the Gospels, 21-26

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St Bede's Publications, 2001 - Religion - 122 pages
Gregory the Great (c. 560-604 C.E.) occupies a key position in the development of Christian commentary on the Scriptures. Pope and political leader during a chaotic era of transition in the history of Western Europe, he may be best known for his famous encounter with English children in the Roman slave market and his commissioning of St. Augustine of Canterbury's subsequent mission to England. Gregory's "Homilies on the Gospels" were first preached in 591-92, early in his papacy, and were very popular for their vigorous and engaging style. Using simple words to preach to the nobles and common people of Rome, Gregory employs metaphors, analogies, stories and images to answer basic questions of faith. His exegetical interpretation may often seem simplistic to the modern reader, but shows his dependence on earlier patristic tradition and reveals his pastoral heart. -- Book cover.

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Santha Bhattacharji, MA, PHD, is a lecturer in Old and Middle English at Keble College, University of Oxford. A former nun in an Anglican contemplative community, she now speaks and writes regularly on the medieval mystics and medieval liturgy. She has a particular interest in the use ofpatristic texts in the liturgy, and in their influence on medieval writers. She is author of God is an Earthquake: The Spirituality of Margery Keme (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1997).

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