Mary and Fathers of the Church

ISBN-10: 0898706866

ISBN-13: 9780898706864

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Authors: Luigi Gambero

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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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List price: $18.95
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 450
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Abbreviationsp. 15
Introductionp. 17
From the Apostolic Age to the Council of NICAEA (325)
Prologuep. 25
The Apostolic Fathersp. 27
Readings: Ignatian Professions of Faithp. 31
The New Testament Apocryphap. 33
Reading: The Virgin Birth according to the "Proto-evangelium of James"p. 41
The Second-Century Apologistsp. 43
Reading: Easter Homilyp. 49
Irenaeus of Lyonsp. 51
Reading: The New Adam and the New Evep. 57
Beginnings of Marian Doctrine in the Latin Church: Tertullianp. 59
Reading: Mary the Virgin Earthp. 67
Reading: In What Sense Mary Is Called "Woman"p. 68
Two Great Masters of the School of Alexandria: Clement of Alexandria and Origenp. 69
Reading: Sub tuum praesidiump. 79
Reading: Origen: My Soul Magnifies the Lordp. 79
Reading: Origen: The Apostle John Receives Mary as His Motherp. 80
Reading: Origen: Mary, Humble and Lowlyp. 81
Mary in the Early Church in Romep. 82
Reading: Hippolytus: Christ, Virginal Flowerp. 90
Reading: Hippolytus: Generated by the Father according to the Spirit, by His Mother according to the Fleshp. 90
The End of the Ante-Nicene Erap. 92
Reading: Gregory of Nyssa: Mary Appears to the Young Gregory the Wonderworkerp. 93
From the Council of Nicaea to the Council of Ephesus (431)
Prologuep. 97
Athanasius of Alexandria (d. 373)p. 99
Reading: Mary Greets Elizabethp. 105
Reading: In Praise of the Blessed Virginp. 106
Ephrem the Syrian (ca. 306-373)p. 108
Reading: Marvelous Motherp. 118
Epiphanius of Salamis (d. 403)p. 120
Reading: Death from Eve, Life from Maryp. 128
Reading: Virginal Workshop of the Incarnationp. 130
Cyril of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Catechesesp. 131
Reading: Mary, Joseph's Virginal Spousep. 139
The Cappadocian Fathers: Basil of Caesarea (d. 379)p. 141
Reading: Basil: Christ's True Birth from Maryp. 149
Reading: Basil: Joseph's Conduct toward Maryp. 150
Gregory of Nyssa (d. ca. 394)p. 151
Reading: Christ, Chosen Fruit of Virginityp. 158
Gregory Nazianzen (d. 390)p. 160
Reading: The Virgin Justina Calls upon Maryp. 166
Amphilochius of Iconium (d. after 394)p. 168
Reading: The New Eve Gives Birth to the Salvation of the Worldp. 169
John Chrysostom (d. 407)p. 171
Reading: Christ, Who Had No Father and No Motherp. 179
Latin Christianity: Hilary of Poitiers (d. 367)p. 181
Reading: Mary in the Economy of Salvationp. 187
Reading: Pregnant Virginp. 188
Reading: Faith in the Incarnationp. 188
Ambrose of Milan (d. 397)p. 189
Reading: Mary, Highest Model of the Virginal Lifep. 199
Readings: Mary at the Foot of the Crossp. 202
Jerome (d. 419)p. 204
Reading: Why Mary Conceived When She Was Already Engagedp. 214
Augustine of Hippo (d. 430)p. 216
Reading: The Virginal Birth of Christ Is a Truth of the Faithp. 228
Reading: The Dignity of Both Sexes Is Emphasized by the Incarnationp. 229
From the Council of Ephesus to the Fifth Century
Prologuep. 233
Reading: Cyril of Alexandria: Mary's Role in the Mystery of the Incarnationp. 238
Cyril of Alexandria (d. 444)p. 241
Reading: The "Theotokos", Cause of Joy for the Whole Worldp. 247
Proclus of Constantinople (d. 446)p. 249
Reading: Mary in the Mystery of the Incarnationp. 257
Reading: Mary in the Choir of All Creatures Who Offer Gifts to the Lordp. 258
Theodotus of Ancyra (d. before 446)p. 260
Reading: The Incarnation, Mystery of Virginityp. 269
Reading: A Moral Portrait of the Virginp. 270
A Homily on the Annunciation (Fourth Century)p. 272
Reading: Pseudo-Chrysostom: From the Homily on the Annunciation by Pseudo-Chrysostomp. 275
Caelius Sedulius (d. ca. 440-450)p. 282
Reading: In Praise of the Divine Motherhoodp. 291
Peter Chrysologus (ca. 380-ca. 450)p. 292
Reading: Peter Chrysologus: "When His Mother Mary Was Betrothed ..." (Mt. 1:18)p. 300
Leo the Great (d. 461)p. 302
Reading: Why Christ Was Born of a Virginp. 309
Severus of Antioch (ca. 465-ca. 538)p. 310
Reading: Mary's Intervention at the Wedding Feast at Canap. 316
The End of the Patristic Period (Sixth-Eighth Century)
Prologuep. 323
Romanos the Melodist (d. ca. 560)p. 325
Reading: Mary at the Crossp. 333
The "Akathist" Hymn (fifth-sixth century)p. 338
Reading: The "Akathist" Hymnp. 342
Gregory of Tours (d. 594)p. 352
Reading: Miraculous Relics of Maryp. 357
Venantius Fortunatus (d. ca. 600)p. 359
Reading: Hymn on the Incarnationp. 365
Gregory the Great (ca. 540-604)p. 366
Reading: Mary, the Mountain That Reaches the Heights of Divinityp. 371
Isidore of Seville (ca. 560-636)p. 373
Reading: The Woman's Offspringp. 378
The Iconoclast Crisis (725-843)p. 379
Germanus of Constantinople (d. ca. 733)p. 381
Reading: Mary's Spiritual Presence among the Faithfulp. 389
Andrew of Crete (d. ca. 740)p. 391
Reading: The Cult of Sacred Iconsp. 398
John Damascene (d. ca. 750)p. 400
Reading: Mary's Tomb, Place of Gracep. 408
Select Bibliographyp. 411
Acknowledgmentsp. 413
Index of Biblical Referencesp. 415
Index of Names and Subjectsp. 419
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