Mary and the Fathers of the Church: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Patristic Thought

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Ignatius Press, 1999 - Religion - 450 pages
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 Father Luigi Gambero, internationally-known expert on early Christianity, presents a comprehensive survey of the development of Marian doctrine and devotion during the first eight centuries. Focusing on the lives and works of over thirty of the most famous Church Fathers and early Christian writers, Fr. Gambero has produced a clear and readable summary of the richness of the patristic age's theological and devotional approach to the Mother of God.

The book contains numerous citations from the works of those men who developed the defining Christological and Mariological positions that have constituted the foundational doctrinal teaching of the Church. Each chapter concludes with an extended reading from the works of the patristic authors. A number of these texts have never before been published in English.

The thought of the Fathers and early Christian writers continues to fascinate readers today. Their theological acuity and spiritual depth led them faithfully into the mysteries of Sacred Scripture. Their vast experience made them reliable and trustworthy witnesses to the faith of the people of God.

 

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Contents

Abbreviations i
15
Prologue
25
THE NEW TESTAMENT APOCRYPHA
33
THE SECONDCENTURY APOLOGISTS
43
IRENAEUS OF LYONS
51
BEGINNINGS OF MARIAN DOCTRINE IN
59
Tertullians Severity toward Mary
62
In What Sense Mary Is Called Woman
68
AMBROSE OF MILAN d 397
189
JEROME d 419
204
AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO d 430
216
Prologue
233
CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA d 444
241
Cyrils Complex Personality
247
Salvific Character of Marys Motherhood
254
THEODOTUS OF ANCYRA d before 446
260

Sub tuum praesidium
79
Hippolytus
85
THE END OF THE ANTENICENE ERA
92
Prologue
97
The Virgins Child Is God
103
In Love with the Beauty of the Virgin
109
Figure of the Church
115
His Polemical Mariology
122
Death from Eve Life from Mary
128
Divine Character of Marys Motherhood
136
Mary and the Role of Women
139
Marys Virginity and the Faith of Christians
146
Marys Role in the Incarnation
153
GREGORY NAZIANZEN d 390
160
The Virgin Justina Calls upon Mary
166
John Chrysostom and the Blessed Virgin
172
Virginity Prefigured in the Old Testament
178
HILARY OF POITIERS d 367
181
The Sword of Simeon
266
A HOMILY ON THE ANNUNCIATION Fourth Century
272
CAELIUS SEDULIUS d ca 440450
282
PETER CHRYSOLOGUS ca 380ca 450
292
LEO THE GREAT d 461
302
SEVERUS OF ANTIOCH ca 465ca 538 31
311
Prologue
323
THE AKATHIST HYMN fifthsixth century
338
GREGORY OF TOURS d 594 3 52
352
VENANTIUS FORTUNATUS d ca 600
359
GREGORY THE GREAT ca 540604
366
ISIDORE OF SEVILLE ca 560636
373
THE ICONOCLAST CRISIS 725843
379
ANDREW OF CRETE d ca 740
391
JOHN DAMASCENE d ca 750
400
Select Bibliography
411
Index of Names and Subjects
419
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