Early Christian Biographies Paperback

Vol. 15

by Pontius;

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Early Christian Biographies

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Most readers are quite likely to have some basic information about St. Cyprian (d. 258), St. Ambrose (ca. 339-397) and St. Augustine (354-430). Fewer readers are likely to be equally informed about St. Anthony (251?-356), St. Paul the Hermit (d. ca.340), St. Hilarion (ca. 291-371) and St. Epiphanius (438/439-496/497). Perhaps hardly any reader is acquainted with the holy monk Malchus, presumably a contemporary of St. Jerome (ca. 342-420) and son of a tenant farmer near Nisbis. Most of the saints' lives presented here, though the volume is entitled Early Christian Biographies, belong in reality to quite another category, hagiography. The primary requisite of this genre is to serve a religious purpose: edification. Herein hagiography differs considerably from a modern critical biography which demands historically verifiable events and accounts. Nevertheless the account of Malchus, as it is presented in this volume, is unique. St. Jerome writes: ""Drawn by curiosity I approached the man and inquired with eager interest if there were any truth in what I had heard. He related the following story"" (p. 288). If we may take St. Jerome at his word, the Life of Malchus could well be an autobiography. In any event, many generations have come to look upon these accounts as classics.

Early Christian Biographies by Pontius was published by The Catholic University of America Press in January 1952. The ISBN for Early Christian Biographies is 9780813213095.

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Details for Early Christian Biographies

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherThe Catholic University of America Press (January 1952)
Number of Pages407
Thickness24 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4326453
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