Sunday, March 30, 2008

More On the Newly Discovered St Augustine Sermons

Here is a tad more on the breaking news on the New St Augustine Sermons that were just found in Europe via this Wya of the Fathers Post More on the New Augustine Sermons .

Here is just a part:
Concealed in a medieval parchment manuscript amongst 70 other religious texts are ca. 26 sermons attributed to Augustine, 3 of them on brotherly love and alms-giving. These were known previously only by their titles cited in Possidius’ Indiculum. One sermon is on the martyrs Perpetua and Felicitas, and another on the recently martyred Cyprian, the latter of which condemns the copious drinking that took place on saints’ feast days. The final sermon deals with resurrection of the dead and biblical prophecies

Update- Thisis interesting about the location where these Sermons were found and perhaps while it took a while to find them. At Father's Z's entry More on the newly discovered sermons of St. Augustine of Hippo There are these two comments:

Ausgezeichnicht! An incredible find. Wish I could be there to work on the textual analysis. The Erfurt location gave me pause; the Augustine- Augustinian-Luther connection has always intrigued me. Perhaps Luther himself found some merit on these very pages?Comment by Denis Crnkovic — 29 March 2008 @ 9:25 am .


Actually Erfurt ought to be known not merely for Luther. There was a thriving Catholic culture there in the 1400s with large libraries at the Charterhouse and at the Benedictine monastery of St. Peter. The Carthusians were interacting extensively with lay people outside the monastery, providing counsel by means of written tractates on how to live a Christian life in the face of the rise of a new, well-to-do professional bourgeoisie. (This bourgeoisie has been claimed as the key demographic that “carried” the Reformation in Nuernberg and elsewhere, so the close and thoroughly Catholic leadership coming from cloistered religious in Erfurt is significant). Perhaps not coincidentally, Erfurt was one of the few cities to stay bi-confessional. Catholics retained a presence there and, under the Communists, managed to keep alive a seminary at which several Catholic theologians did very solid work in from the 1950s into the 1970s but which tended to be ignored in them major theological/historical centers in West Germany.
The fact that Erfurt was in the East Zone meant that it’s modest in number but remarkable in theological content manuscript collections did not receive the same kind of working over that was happening in the much larger centers like Munich, Vienna, Wolfenbuettel etc.Comment by Dennis Martin — 29 March 2008 @
7:29 pm


Cajun Huguenot said...

This is so exciting. I've read all of the letters between St. Jerome and St. Augustine and a number Of Augustine's other writings.

He is the the man who has one foot in the ancient Church and one in the Medieval Church.

Thanks, I missed this before you put it here!!!


James H said...

It is exciting. I was suprised that this has not got more secular media. If I could go back and meet one person in history it would be Augustine. THe City of GOd is one one my favorite books