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Stewards of the Poor

The Man of God, Rabbula, and Hiba in Fifth-Century Edessa

Translated, with an Introduction, by Robert Doran

Stewards of the Poor
Stewards of the Poor

ISBN: 9780879073084, CS208P

Details: 226 pgs, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 1/2
Publication Date: 06/01/2006
Cistercian Publications
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Three remarkable fifth-century Christians of the Syrian city of Edessa are profiled here: one a pauper by choice, and two bishops of opposing theological opinions.

  • The 'Man of God', born to rank and privilege, identified completely with the poor, spending his days fasting and praying constantly. His quiet holiness deeply influenced.
  • Rabbula, convert, monk and bishop, who championed the poor and battled injustice, but dealt harshly with those who held what he considered unorthodox beliefs. During the christological controversies surrounding Nestorius, he supported Cyril of Alexandria and exiled.
  • Hiba, a supporter of the school of Antioch and an advocate of Theodore of Mopsuestia and Nestorius. He regarded Rabbula as a tyrant, yet, in the turbulent theological climate of the day, succeeded him as bishop of Edessa, only to reap the fury of the cyrillian party.

Two undercurrents of fifth-century Christanity ebb and flow in these documents. The Life of Hiba reflects the intensity of the Nestorian-Cyrillian controversy, while The Life of the Man of God and The Life of Rabbula emphasize as the chief christian duty of the clergy the care of the poor. Whatever the Church has, it hold only as a steward for the poor.

ISBN: 9780879073084, CS208P

Details: 226 pgs, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 1/2
Publication Date: 06/01/2006
Cistercian Publications

Reviews

Doran's Stewards of the Poor makes for fascinating reading.
American Benedictine Review

Doran's translations are clear, yet elegant and a delight to read
Sobornost

In their introduction, Feiss and Pepin do an excellent job of putting together the background and first context of the story.
The Catholic Historical Review

The primary value of this book thus lies in the translations it provides of the three medieval poems on St. Mary of Egypt. By offering these poems together in one volume, Pepin and Feiss have afforded readers the welcome opportunity to compare differing versions of a single saint's story.
The Medieval Review