God of Mercy: Aelfric's Sermons and Theology

God of Mercy: Aelfric's Sermons and Theology[Ebook] ➠ God of Mercy: Aelfric's Sermons and Theology Author Carmen Acevedo Butcher – Heartforum.co.uk God of Mercy introduces and contains seventeen classic Old English sermons by the tenth century Benedictine monk, AElfric, translated for the first time into Modern English God of Mercy presents the t God of Mercy introduces and Mercy: Aelfric's PDF/EPUB é contains seventeen classic Old English sermons by the tenth century Benedictine monk, AElfric, translated for the first time into Modern English God of Mercy presents the theologically and spiritually attractive work of this important early monk AElfric s timeless writing style is as attractive and unfettered as his message God is God of PDF \ a God of unending, mysterious mercy and the Modern English translations reproduce that simplicity here At the heart of this book is The Rule of St Benedict, around which this tenth century monk ordered his spiritual and earthly existence.

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God of Mercy: Aelfric's Sermons and Theology PDF/EPUB
  • Paperback
  • 163 pages
  • God of Mercy: Aelfric's Sermons and Theology
  • Carmen Acevedo Butcher
  • English
  • 07 August 2018
  • 086554994X

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  1. Greg says:

    In this book, Carmen Acevedo Butcher provides a modern translation as well as analysis of the sermons of a tenth century Anglo Saxon Benedictine monk named Aelfric I must admit that I had never heard of him, but was impressed to read the book by Butcher s resume, and my interest in the history of this period It was at this point that the Anglo Saxon world was forever changed by Viking raids and brutality Whereas his contemporaries reacted with fiery sermons and condemnation, Aelfric reacted b In this book, Carmen Acevedo Butcher provides a modern translation as well as analysis of the sermons of a tenth century Anglo Saxon Benedictine monk named Aelfric I must admit that I had never heard of him, but was impressed to read the book by Butcher s resume, and my interest in the history of this period It was at this point that the Anglo Saxon world was forever changed by Viking raids and brutality Whereas his contemporaries reacted with fiery sermons and condemnation, Aelfric reacted by emphasizing God s mercy and compassion Aelfric lived a millennium ago, but his manuscripts describe a God of mercy as contemporary as the twenty first century He defines love as a verb, obedience as joy, and humility and kindness as synonyms In contrast to the largely moralistic, fiery sermons of this great Anglo Saxon archbishop and statesman Wulfstan, who was a very powerful and public figure contemporary with Aelfric , Aelfric s sermons possess a quiet humanity and a special concern with God s compassion attractive to the anxious modern mind 24 The sermons themselves are interesting, but most are clearly from another time and are interesting primarily as historical documents Some exceptions to this statement are present, however Sermon I clearly shows Aelfric viewed symbols as no mere representation of objects but as somehow participating in the essence of the objects they symbolized to this Weltanschauung, symbols were what they represented He understood words and numbers as links between particular phenomena and universal reality put another way, to this Anglo Saxon monk, words were not simply useful labels for things, but expressions of ultimate meaning 27 Making the numerical connection in Sermon V, Aelfric ties the creation on the sixth day, with the present sixth age in which Christ comes to the world to redeem it, and the sixth hour in which he wearies The Savior was weary, though it is wondrous that he was Through him his heavenly Father made all created things without labor Neither the Father nor the Son labored at all in that great work, but Christ still became weary in his humanity, after the nature of man And Christ s weakness is our strength because his strength created us, and his weakness redeemed us At the sixth hour Christ sat weary at the well, and at the sixth age of this world he came to earth to redeem humanity 61 Aelfric consistently presents the modern view of the loving God at the heart of the Rule of St Benedict God is very merciful to those who place their hope in him He is especially merciful to those who are kind and right minded and who refuse to participate in the unfair oppression of others These people only disturb others for righteous correction and good laws 121 Lastly, Aelfric makes a fairly unique contribution to exegetical analysis In sermon XVI, Aelfric exegetes the Parable of the Dishonest Steward Luke 16.1 9 Few modern pulpiteers treat this difficult parable, but this Anglo Saxon monk uses two Augustinian sources to teach the practical advantages of almsgiving while at the same time rejecting the steward s deceitfulness He independently develops his source to distinguish between the good and bad aspects of worldly wisdom, inserting at lines 227ff the famous admonition of Matthew 10.16 Be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves 138 This book is definitely worth the read Aelfric was a monk of the good news in a time of terrible brutality In this, he is very modern indeed

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