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Title: Navigating the Vast Tradition of St. Augustine's Sermons
Subtitle: Old Instruments and New Approaches
Author(s): BOODTS, Shari
Journal: Augustiniana
Volume: 69    Issue: 1   Date: 2019   
Pages: 83-115
DOI: 10.2143/AUG.69.1.3286703

Abstract :
The study of St. Augustine’s sermons has developed, over the last three decades, into a dynamic part of the field of patristics. Still, this category of Augustine’s oeuvre presents a number of challenges that complicate significant progress for several promising avenues of research into Augustine’s preaching. This article first offers a status quaestionis on Augustinian sermon studies since the year 2000. In a second part, the author addresses the issues scholars of Augustine’s preaching face: (a) access to a reliable text, (b) the size, dispersal and uneven identification of the corpus, (c) the problem of authentic versus inauthentic, (d) the distance between patristic sermon studies and medieval sermon studies. Finally, the article reviews resources – both existing and still in development – that can help scholars harness the full potential of the rich corpus of sermons attributed to the Bishop of Hippo: (a) the updated critical text of the sermons in Brepols’ Library of Latin Texts; (b) existing tools to make sense of the different versions of (pseudo-)Augustine’s sermons such as Gryson’s Répertoire général des auteurs ecclésiastiques latins de l’Antiquité et du Haut Moyen Âge and Machielsen’s Clavis Patristica Pseudepigraphorum Medii Aevi; (c) a recently started project to create a digital network of medieval manuscripts that transmit patristic sermon collections (PASSIM).

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