Ambrosiaster's Political Theology (Oxford Early Christian by Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe

By Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe

The works of Ambrosiaster, a Christian writing in Rome within the overdue fourth century, have been influential on his close to contemporaries and during the center a long time. within the first half her research, Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe addresses the matter of the author's mysterious identification (which students have questioned over for hundreds of years) and areas him in a large historic and highbrow context. within the moment part she addresses Ambrosiaster's political theology, an idea which has been explored in different past due Roman Christian writers yet which hasn't ever been addressed in his works. She seems to be at how Ambrosiaster's attitudes to social and political order have been shaped at the foundation of theological suggestions and the translation of scripture, and exhibits that he espoused a inflexible hierarchical and monarchical association within the church, society, and the Roman empire. He additionally traced shut connections among the satan, characterised as a insurgent opposed to God, and the earthly tyrants and usurpers who his example.

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Morin, ‘Qui est l’Ambrosiaster? Solution nouvelle’, RBe´n 31 (1914), 1–34. 6 On Souter’s objection to the Evagrius identiWcation, see his Earliest Latin Commentaries, 48–9. On Ambrosiaster’s hostility to lay celibacy, see D. G. Hunter, ‘On the sin of Adam and Eve: a little-known defence of marriage and child-bearing by Ambrosiaster’, HTR 82 (1989), 283–99. 7 See G. Morin, ‘L’Ambrosiaster et le Juif converti Isaac’, RHL 4. 2 (1899), 97–121. Ambrosiaster’s Background 35 late-fourth-century dispute between Damasus and Ursinus over the papacy, and from what religion (‘paganism’ or Judaism) did he convert to Christianity, if convert he was?

Kraemer, ‘On the meaning of the term ‘‘Jew’’, in Greco-Roman inscriptions’, HTR 82. 1 (1989), 35–53. 46 Ambrosiaster, Q. 115. , Q. 114. 16: ‘cum in errore degeremus, in quo nunc manent pagani, nullis virtutum signis adtracti, sed nudis verbis quae sacra vocant percepimus prodesse Ambrosiaster’s Background 43 It is hard to tell whether Ambrosiaster was using the Wrst person plural in this passage to allude grandly to himself, or to embrace an audience that included some pagan converts to Christianity.

Resistance to the virginal idea of late fourth century Rome: the case of Jovinian’, TS 48. , ‘On the sin of Adam and Eve: a little-known defence of marriage and child-bearing by Ambrosiaster’, HTR 82 (1989), 283–99. 24 Ambrosiaster’s Writings and Identity Perhaps Marcion, as you think that the body was not made by God, but by the Devil . 54 Jerome identiWed his source as a Jew feigning Christianity at Rome. Although the evidence for Ambrosiaster being a convert from Judaism is inconclusive, it is just possible that Jerome was referring to Ambrosiaster here.

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