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Spiritualia and Pastoralia

Spiritualia and Pastoralia: Exomologesis and Ecclesiastes

edited by Frederick J. McGinness
Michael J. Heath
James L. P. Butrica
Michael J. Heath
Frederick J. McGinness
contributing editor Alexander Dalzell
Copyright Date: 2015
Pages: 1200
  • Book Info
    Spiritualia and Pastoralia
    Book Description:

    The Collected Works of Erasmus presents these two important works, complete with extensive introductions and annotations, in an elegant and precise modern translation for the first time.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-2568-6
    Subjects: History, Religion

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. VOLUME 67

    • Foreword
      (pp. ix-xii)

      Volumes 67 and 68 of the Collected Works ofErasmus, comprising the introductions and annotated translations ofExomologesis sive modus confitendi(1524) andEcclesiastes sive de ratione concionandi(1535), have been made possible through the generous dedication of a number of scholars whose exemplary work it is fitting to acknowledge at the outset. It has been many years ago now since Michael Heath completed the introduction, translated, and annotated Erasmus’ principal treatise on confession,Exomologesis, and eight years since James Butrica brought forth the first English translation of books 1–4 of Erasmus’ next-to-last and lengthiest treatise,Ecclesiastes. As the...

    • The Manner of Confessing
      (pp. 1-76)

      Exomologesis sive modus confitendiwas published by Froben at Basel in March 1524. With it were printed Erasmus’ short paraphrase on Psalm 3, his letter to Joost Vroye concerning sudden death, an exchange of correspondence with Pope Adrian VI on Erasmus’ disputes with the Louvain theologians, and theConclusionesof Diego López Zúñiga followed by Erasmus’Apologia.¹ These pieces were well chosen to accompany Erasmus’ contentious discussion of the sacrament of penance. The psalm commentary, though relatively uncontroversial and unspecific,² does evoke the troubles of the faithful beset by enemies, the temptations of sin, and the consoling abundance of God’s...

    • THE EVANGELICAL PREACHER BOOK ONE Ecclesiastes sive de ratione concionandi
      (pp. 77-444)

      In May of 1535, with civic peace restored in reformation Basel, Erasmus moved from Freiburg im Breisgau to his beloved city on the upper Rhein after a five-year absence to oversee the publication of Origen’sOperaand his own long-awaited treatise on preaching,Ecclesiastes sive de ratione concionandi.¹ He would not live to see Origen’s works come to light, but over the summer of that year he concluded the penultimate and the longest treatise of his career,Ecclesiastes, a ‘massive work’ (vastum opus)² that would crown the many achievements of his life.³ The work would set forth a ground-breaking approach...

      (pp. 445-458)
      (pp. 459-464)
  4. VOLUME 68

    • Middle Matter
      (pp. 465-470)
    • Contents
      (pp. vii-viii)
    • THE EVANGELICAL PREACHER BOOKS TWO TO FOUREcclesiastes sive de ratione concionandi

        (pp. 465-724)

        Anyone who through divine munificence possesses the traits that I mentioned in the previous book would have no great need of prolix instructions and advice, since that sincere and perfect state of mind provides of itself, even to someone who does not seek them, the eloquence suited to holy matters, as well as an appropriate delivery and seemly gestures. For it happens somehow or other that the mind’s interior appearance moves into the outer man and wholly transfigures him to its own image,¹ just as hidden ailments of the blood and intestines betray themselves in the body’s external state (liver-sufferers...

        (pp. 725-1021)

        Of the orator’s five tasks we have completed one – invention – tracing it through all the parts of a work with absolute thoroughness; now we shall review them, in order to add anything that seems to have been omitted.¹ Next to invention is expression,² of which I think I have said enough for the preacher. Third is arrangement or order, which (as I began to say when dealing with division) is understood as fourfold.

        For it is a suitable arrangement of words that contributes not only to the clarity and musicality³ of language but also to its vigour:⁴ an unsuitable and...

        (pp. 1022-1104)

        There remains the list or index of the subjects with which the preacher is especially concerned – though it would be better for each person to create one for himself.¹ We shall, however, provide at least whatever small assistance we can for those who are either too busy to spare the time or too indolent to face up to the task.

        First of all, therefore, let us set up the various categories of being like the columns of the whole edifice in order to make it easier to arrange everything in its place.² Let us therefore first consider that there is,...

      (pp. 1105-1118)
      (pp. 1119-1124)
    • Index of Biblical and Apocryphal References
      (pp. 1125-1160)
    • General Index
      (pp. 1161-1176)