Arator on the Acts of the Apostles: A Baptismal Commentary

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byRichard Hillier

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Baptism for the early Christians was a subject of crucial importance, and its symbolism fired the imagination of writers throughout the Christian world. Arator, the Roman sub-deacon who wrote a verse-commentary on the Acts of the Apostles in AD 544, was no exception. The Historia Apostolica isa work of historical importance. Written at a time of crisis, politically and theologically, it is of interest as propaganda for a papacy under threat from Constantinople. But Arator's concentration on baptismal themes offers vital evidence of the transmission of exegetical ideas in late antiquity. This book is the first major work on Arator in English and the first ever to study the Historia Apostolica as biblical commentary. Passages of particular baptismal importance are presented both in the original Latin and in a new translation, and considered in the context of the writings of earlierChristian commentators. In short, this is a wide-ranging study of the popularity and potency of baptismal symbolism in the first six centuries AD.

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Baptism for the early Christians was a subject of crucial importance, and its symbolism fired the imagination of writers throughout the Christian world. Arator, the Roman sub-deacon who wrote a verse-commentary on the Acts of the Apostles in AD 544, was no exception. The Historia Apostolica isa work of historical importance. Written at...

Richard Hillier is at Repton School.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198147864

ISBN - 13:9780198147862

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'a book which it is a pleasure to read ... It is a fascinating work.'C.K. Barrett, The Expository Times