Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan Hardback

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Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan

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Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan offers the first critical overview of the hymns of Ambrose of Milan in the context of fourth-century doctrinal song and Ambrose's own catechetical preaching. Brian P. Dunkle, SJ, argues that these settings inform the interpretation of Ambrose's hymnodic project. The hymns employ sophisticated poetic techniques to foster a pro-Nicene sensitivity in the bishop's embattled congregation. After a summary presentation of early Christian hymnody, with special attention to Ambrose's Latin predecessors, Dunkle describes the mystagogical function of fourth-century songs. He examines Ambrose's sermons, especially his catechetical and mystagogical works, for preached parallels to this hymnodic effort. Close reading of Ambrose's hymnodic corpus constitutes the bulk of the study. Dunkle corroborates his findings through a treatment of early Ambrosian imitations, especially the poetry of Prudentius. These early readers amplify the hymnodic features that Dunkle identifies as "enchanting," that is, enlightening the "eyes of faith."

Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan by Brian P. Dunkle was published by Oxford University Press in October 2016. The ISBN for Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan is 9780198788225.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (October 2016)
Weight548g
Number of Pages288
Thickness21 mm
Height234 mm
Width153 mm
ISBN9780198788225
ISBN-100198788223
Product Code4450031
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