by John P. Bequette
Catholic University of America Press, 2022
eISBN: 978-0-8132-3501-1 | Paper: 978-0-8132-3500-4
Library of Congress Classification BR749.B4725 2022
Dewey Decimal Classification 270.2092

Revered by contemporaries and posterity for both his sanctity and his scholarship, Bede (672-735) is a pivotal figure in the history of the Church. Known primarily as an historian for his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Bede was also an accomplished pedagogue, hagiographer, and biblical scholar. Bede the Theologian: History, Rhetoric, and Spirituality takes a fresh look at this classic Christian thinker, exploring the gamut of Bede’s literary corpus. The book investigates key themes, including Bede’s understanding of the theological significance of time, his conception of the relationship between the temporal and eternal orders within history, his theological use of rhetoric, his foray into narrative theology, and his spirituality.

The purpose of this volume is to introduce the reader to principal theological themes in Bede’s thought. Bequette’s thesis is that Bede was a theologian writing in continuity with the Christian tradition and yet making creative, original contributions to that tradition for the sake of his contemporaries, both in the monastery and in the culture at large. The method involves a close reading and analysis of key texts within Bede’s corpus of writings. These texts include the Ecclesiastical History of the English People, the Life of St Cuthbert, and several of Bede’s biblical commentaries (On the Tabernacle, On the Temple) his homilies, and didactic treatises (On the Reckoning of Time, Concerning Figures and Tropes in Sacred Scripture). Bede the Theologian: History, Rhetoric, and Spirituality constitutes a scholarly study of Bede’s thought as an integral whole, identifying key themes and ideas that pervade his writings. Thus, it can serve as an introduction to Bede’s thought for non-specialists in the areas of theology, religious studies, and other areas of the humanities.

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