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By Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe

ISBN-10: 019923020X

ISBN-13: 9780199230204

The works of Ambrosiaster, a Christian writing in Rome within the past due fourth century, have been influential on his close to contemporaries and during the heart a while. within the first 1/2 her research, Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe addresses the matter of the author's mysterious identification (which students have wondered over for hundreds of years) and areas him in a huge old and highbrow context. within the moment part she addresses Ambrosiaster's political theology, an concept which has been explored in different overdue Roman Christian writers yet which hasn't ever been addressed in his works. She seems at how Ambrosiaster's attitudes to social and political order have been shaped at the foundation of theological ideas and the translation of scripture, and exhibits that he espoused a inflexible hierarchical and monarchical association within the church, society, and the Roman empire. He additionally traced shut connections among the satan, characterised as a insurgent opposed to God, and the earthly tyrants and usurpers who his example.

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C. Frend, The Donatist Church (Oxford, 1985), 195. 26 It is only when juxtaposed with his non-committal acknowledgement of Damasus’ status as rector of the church that we can surmise that Ambrosiaster was here referring to Ursinus’ usurpation. But there is little else to determine Ambrosiaster’s sympathies in the aVair, and there is no evidence in his writings that he was committed to, or even interested in, Damasus’ Roman programme of commemorating saints and martyrs in poetry and indeed church buildings.

Furthermore, Ambrosiaster appears not to have deliberately impersonated another author; the style, content, context, and preoccupations of the Commentaries and Quaestiones are very diVerent from the works of respectively Ambrose and Augustine. 67 Ambrosiaster not only fails to impersonate other authors in his works, he also melts away from us in the texts themselves, giving us little to place, date, let alone identify him. Compared with much other patristic writing, this is unusual. Even if it was not deliberate self-concealment, through modesty, fear, or connivance, it is certainly striking.

Turner, ‘Ambrosiaster and Damasus’, JTS 7 (1906), 281–4. 342/3) preserved in Hilary’s Collectanea Antiariana Parisiana, 4. 1. 21: ‘non enim secundum nos, qui ecclesiis sanctissimis praesedemus populisque rectores sumus . ’ 20 Ambrosiaster, Comm. , 5: 19: ‘quoniam huius ordinis sublimis honor est—huiusmodi enim vicarii Christi sunt—idcirco non facile de hac persona accusatio debet admitti. 38 Ambrosiaster’s Writings and Identity In referring to ‘vicars of Christ’, a term used of bishops in their enactment of the eucharist, Ambrosiaster appears to have applied Paul’s comment to bishops more than presbyters.

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