We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more
Select Bible Use this Lookup to open a specific Bible and passage. Start here to select a Bible.
Make selected Bible the default for Lookup tool.
Book: Ch.V. Select book from A-Z list, enter chapter and verse number, and click "Go."
:
OR
  • Previous Result
  • Results
  • Look It Up Highlight any word or phrase, then click the button to begin a new search.
  • Highlight On / Off
  • Next Result

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible A richly illustrated account of the story of the Bible written by leading scholars.

A Bishop Preaching on the Bible to His Flock: Ambrose of Milan

photo AKG, London.

Ambrose, born in 339 as son of a high military commander, became a state official and about 370 governor of Liguria and Emilia, with his headquarters in Milan, in this period the main residence of the emperor and the most important city in Italy. When the Arian bishop died, a struggle about the succession between Arians and Catholics arose. Hurrying to the cathedral to intercede, the layman Ambrose spontaneously was elected bishop. This he remained until his death in 397. In spite of his successful political activities to restrain Arianism, most of his time Ambrose dedicated to his congregation in preaching and the care of souls. Based upon a comprehensive classical education and rhetorical training, he used his abilities for his famous sermons on biblical texts. Preaching belonged to his duties as bishop in the eucharistic services. He held the Bible in high esteem. His exegesis is moralistic, but also allegoric; he prefers texts from the Old Testament. But his theology is Christocentric: the gospel in Jesus Christ is the essence of his message. Dogmatics is influential with him. He tries to find reasons for the catholic (Nicene) position in the Bible. He combines classical and Christian traditions in his sermons. Old and New Testament he regards as a unity. He also wrote an apologetic work on Genesis against Appelles, a rationalistic pupil of Marcion. Against supporters of Gentile philosophy he stresses in his work ‘Hexameron’ that Moses lived much earlier than the Greek philosophers. In his catechetic addresses he speaks about word and sacrament as belonging together.

  • Previous Result
  • Results
  • Look It Up Highlight any word or phrase, then click the button to begin a new search.
  • Highlight On / Off
  • Next Result
Oxford University Press

© 2019. All Rights Reserved. Cookie Policy | Privacy Policy | Legal Notice