The eleven volumes of Augustine's Sermons to the People, translated by Fr. Edmund Hill (1990-1997) in clear contemporary English, showcase Augustine the brilliant speaker and engaging preacher of the Word. They have proven an indispensable resource for contemporary scholars, who laud Hills expert translation and extensive notes. But professors have clamored for an affordable one-volume anthology designed for undergraduate, graduate, and seminary classes. From the Bishops finest preaching, Fr. Doyle has selected sermons that represent a wide range of subjects, including God, Christ, sin, grace, conversion, martyrdom, sacraments, marriage, wealth, poverty, Christmas, Easter, and living the Christian life. Students and preachers alike will discover Augustine's message as well as his medium: his masterful interpretation of the Word of God and his creative use of Ciceronian rhetoric to engage the people of God. Fr. Doyle has provided a concise introduction to Augustine's preaching and a convenient table of themes for easy consultation.
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A Brief Overview of the Manuscripts available of The Sermons of Saint Augustine
The following information is intended as a brief overview for those interested in a highly condensed summary of the more important manuscripts. Of import to this discussion are the following items: a collection of sermons edited by Jacques-Paul Migne (1800-1875) found in volumes 38 and 39 (published in 1861) of the Latin section of Patrologiae cursus completus, commonly referred to as PL; two authentic sermons (S. 395 and 396), later identified by the Maurists, are found in volume 46 along with 25 Sermones (23 of which are recognized as authentic) identified by Denis in 1792;; Frangipane identified a further ten, four of which had previously been identified by the Maurists; Volume 47 of PL contains an overview of the Sermones Caillu et Saint-Yves, which resulted in an additional seven sermons being accepted as authentic; a detailed listing of all the significant manuscripts which contain authentic sermons of Augustine is found in Drobner’s critical work, Augustinus von Hippo: Sermones ad Populum...
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About the Author
Augustine of Hippo is one of the greatest thinkers and writers in the Western world. After he became Christian he was made bishop of Hippo in Africa where he was influential in civil and church affairs. With more than 100 books, 200 letters and 500 sermons, he has left a lasting impact on Western philosophy and culture. His classic and best-selling works include The Confessions, The Trinity, The City of God, and Teaching Christianity.
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