Stop the Presses! Six “New” Augustine Sermons Found!
Thursday March 27th 2008, 8:46 am
Filed under: Patristics

Adrian Murdoch (late of the blog Bread and Circuses) sends us the following press release, which my co-author Chris Bailey translated from the German. If you can read German, follow the link. There are pictures, too.

Dear Listers:

Allow me to inform you that six unknown genuine lectures of the famous early-Christian Church teacher Augustine (d. 430), bishop of Hippo Regius (which is now in Algeria), have been discovered recently in the university and research library in Erfurt by three researchers from the Austrian Academy of the Sciences, Vienna. The manuscript is more than 800 years old.

Isabella Schiller, Dorothea Weber, and Clemens Weidmann have succeeded in identifying four completely new and two until-now incompletely known lectures of the famous Church father Augustine in a medieval manuscript of the “Bibliotheca Amploniana.” The Pergament Manuscript, marked Dep. Erf. Ca. 12th 11, was written in the second half of the 12th century, probably in England, and contains, altogether, more than 70 different lectures of different late-antique and medieval theologians.

For more information:

http://www.uni-erfurt.de/presse/archiv/pressemitteilungen/2008/doc/49_08.htm

Yours sincerely,
Brigitte Pfeil

And, of course: Tolle, lege.


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Wow! That is amazing!

Comment by Danny Garland Jr. 03.27.08 @ 4:09 pm

Ooh! A longer version of his Ss. Perpetua and Felicity sermon! And a sermon telling people not to drink so much on St. Cyprian’s Day! (Heh… wouldn’t that be awesome for St. Patrick’s Day next year?)

Comment by Maureen 03.28.08 @ 6:37 pm

You’re wicked, Maureen.

Comment by Mike Aquilina 03.28.08 @ 6:57 pm

“The media is baffled by the discovery because not a single one of the sermons is co-authored by Judas Iscariot, nor do any of them even mention Jesus’ secret wedding.”

Comment by Clavem Abyssi 03.31.08 @ 3:47 pm



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