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Arator on the Acts of the Apostles : A Baptismal Commentary - Richard Hillier

Arator on the Acts of the Apostles

A Baptismal Commentary

Hardcover Published: 20th May 1993
ISBN: 9780198147862
Number Of Pages: 240

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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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Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. x
IPoet and Pope: Text and Contextp. 1
Introductionp. 20
Baptism, Acts, and Aratorp. 20
Divinus Odor Co-Ascension and Baptismal Participationp. 53
Introductionp. 54
Lotus Sed Non Mundus Simon Magus and the Ravenp. 73
Introductionp. 75
Eunuchi Fecunda Fides: Gentiles, Sinners, And Song of Songs 1: 5p. 92
Introductionp. 94
Saucius Infans Baptism and Circumcisionp. 122
Introductionp. 124
Introductionp. 141
Iustis Via, Sontibus Unda The Crossing of the Red Seap. 151
Introductionp. 153
Aquila The Rejuvenation of the Eaglep. 180
Introductionp. 182
Postscriptp. 194
Bibliographyp. 201
Index Locorump. 209
General Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780198147862
ISBN-10: 0198147864
Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 20th May 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.43