Thursday, April 17, 2008

Newly Discovered Sermons from St. Augustine

What a bonanza for scholars and the pious alike. Scholars have found 26 "new" sermons of St. Augustine of Hippo:

Constanze Witt of the Department Of Classics at the University of Texas posted the following to a medieval list:

"Not all sensational finds come out of the ground! Augustine scholars will be delighted at the news of 6 previously unknown sermons’ being discovered through a library “excavation” in Erfurt’s Bibliotheca Amploniana. Isabella Schiller and colleagues from the Austrian Academy of Sciences discovered these works while studying an 800-year-old manuscript in the summer of 2007.

"Concealed in a medieval parchment manuscript amongst 70 other religious texts are ca. 26 sermons attributed to Augustine, 3 of them on brotherly love and alms-giving. These were known previously only by their titles cited in Possidius’ Indiculum. One sermon is on the martyrs Perpetua and Felicitas, and another on the recently martyred Cyprian, the latter of which condemns the copious drinking that took place on saints’ feast days. The final sermon deals with resurrection of the dead and biblical prophecies...

"For 24 amazing images of this absolutely pristine and gorgeous codex, see here."

St. Augustine of Hippo, ora pro nobis.

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Blogger Eric Jobe said...

This actually does not surprise me. There are museums and libraries all over the world with archives that are just waiting to be culled through, and we have no idea what it there. We have our own archive of Syriac literature here in Chicago that could yield some good finds. If I remember correctly, this is how the Didache was found

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