Arator on the Acts of the Apostles: A Baptismal Commentary

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Clarendon Press, 1993 - Religion - 222 pages
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Baptism for the early Christians was a subject of crucial importance, and its symbolism fired the imagination of writers throughout the Christian world. Arator, the Roman sub-deacon who wrote a verse-commentary on the Acts of the Apostles in A.D. 544, was no exception. The Historia Apostolica is a work of historical importance. Written at a time of crisis, politically and theologically, it is of interest as propaganda for a papacy under threat from Constantinople. But Arator's concentration on baptismal themes offers vital evidence of the transmission of exegetical ideas in late antiquity. This book is the first major work on Arator in English and the first ever to study the Historia Apostolica as biblical commentary. Passages of particular baptismal importance are presented both in the original Latin and in a new translation, and are considered in the context of the writings of earlier Christian commentators. Hillier's study is a wide-ranging study of the popularity and potency of baptismal symbolism in the first six centuries A.D.
 

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Contents

Text and Context i
11
Baptism Acts and Arator
20
CoAscension and Baptismal Participation
53
Simon Magus and the Raven
73
5
92
Saucius Infans Baptism and Circumcision
122
The Crossing of the Red Sea
151
Aquii The Rejuvenation of the Eagle
180
Postscript
194
Bibliography
201
Index Locorum
209
General Index
218
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Richard Hillier is at Repton School.

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