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Patrology: The Eastern Fathers from the Council of Chalcedon to John of Damascus Hardcover – May 31, 2006

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'This textbook is remarkable for the massive information it provides to the reader. The bibliographic indications are one of the strengths of this monumental book, to which no equivalent in French language exists.' Jean-Marie Auwers in Revue d'Histoire Ecclesiastique, 107/1, 2012

About the Author

Dr. Angelo di Berardino is President and Professor of Patrology at the Augustinian Patristic Institute in Rome, and is considered to be one of the leading patristic scholars.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: James Clarke & Co (May 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0227679792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0227679791
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,299,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every student of the fathers is familiar with Quasten's "Patrology". The last volume of this was actually edited by Angelo Di Berardino. The story of the fathers ends in 450. Thereafter anyone wishing to learn about a later writer is left to struggle with briefer texts such as Altaner's elderly one-volume patrology. Few discussions of the Greek fathers can ignore writers after 450.

When in Rome recently, I found that the Italian translation of Quasten has further volumes; one on the later Greek fathers, and one on the later Latin fathers. Now, at long last, the first of these 'extra volumes' is available in English, thanks to the effort of Adrian Walford.

This takes the story from where Quasten vol. 3 ended (Chalcedon, 451 AD) to John Damascene in the 8th century. It also includes some notices of writers omitted by Quasten between 400-451. The format is the same as before, and there are also sections on Syriac and Coptic writers.

Unfortunately the volume is inferior to Quasten. This was a fault in the Italian, and is reproduced in the English. The text is more woolly, there seem to be no inline brief quotations from the people being discussed -- one of Quasten's glories -- and the bibliographies are very scant. This matters little for the scholarship, as this would quickly date. There is an understandable bias towards Italian scholarship, of course.

But Quasten always made a serious effort to list an edition, and all the English, French and German translations. In some cases no edition is listed -- just a reference to the entry number of the author in the "Clavis Patrum Graecorum" (which no-one can afford).
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