The Venerable Bede : On the Song of Songs and Selected Writings

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Bede turned out to be the most learned theologian of his day, the most renowned church historian since Eusebius in the fourth century and one of the most influential shapers of early medieval Christian spirituality.

The Venerable Bede : On the Song of Songs and Selected Writings

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"The Classics series, which has inspired many less successful imitations over the years, has fulfilled its promise and given us an invaluable resource of the soul."
--The Catholic Historical review.

In one series, the original writings of the university acknowledged teachers of the Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, and Islamic traditions have been critically selected, translated, and introduced by internationally recognized scholars and spiritual leaders.

When the Venerable Bede began his work as a a teacher and scholar in the eighth century, the English people in his homeland of Northumbria had been Christian for fewer than one hundred years. Many of the English clergy had only a rudimentary knowledge of the Bible and other liturgical texts, and within living memory the Northumbrian church had been seriously divided over such basic issues as the date of Easter. The leaders of a church that was barely out of its infancy needed to be trained in sound doctrine and inspired to provide preaching and pastoral care for people scattered about the countryside in the villages and on the farms. Remarkably, their teacher Bede turned out to be the most learned theologian of his day, the most renowned church historian since Eusebius in the fourth century and one of the most influential shapers of early medieval Christian spirituality. The texts translated in this volume are selections taken from three different works and represent only a small portion of the many volumes that Bede wrote. Consonant with his emphasis on the chronology of salvation history, the volume begins with an Old Testament commentary, moves next to homilies on the New Testament and finally concludes with the history of the Christian church in Bede's own land.

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Series The Classics of Western Spirituality
Author Arthur Holder (ed.)
Pages 355
Cover Soft
Width (mm) 150
Height (mm) 230

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