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Moral Reflections on the Book of Job, Volume 5

Books 23-27

Gregory the Great; Translated by Brian Kerns, OCSO; Introduction by Mark DelCogliano

Moral Reflections on the Book of Job, Volume 5
Moral Reflections on the Book of Job, Volume 5

ISBN: 9780879072605, CS260H

Details: 332 pgs, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 7/8
Publication Date: 04/22/2019
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Gregory the Great was pope from 590 to 604, a time of great turmoil in Italy and in the western Roman Empire generally because of the barbarian invasions. Gregory's experience as prefect of the city of Rome and as apocrisarius of Pope Pelagius fitted him admirably for the new challenges of the papacy. The Moral Reflections on the Book of Job were first given to the monks who accompanied Gregory to the embassy in Constantinople.

This fifth volume, containing books 23 through 27, provides commentary on six chapters of Job, from 32:1 through 37:24. The present volume covers the chapters of Job devoted to Elihu, the young man who derides the three friends who couldn't find an answer to Job. For the most part Gregory confines himself, with a few exceptions, to the allegorical moral exegesis, making Elihu a symbol of the arrogant person (sometimes the heretic, and sometimes the unworthy member of the church), and Job a type either of the church herself or of the holy preachers of sound doctrine.

Br. Brian Kerns has been a Trappist for sixty years, seventeen years at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, and the rest at the Abbey of the Genesee in upper New York state, interrupted by a year at Oxford, North Carolina, and five years at Genesee's foundation of Novo Mundo in Parana, Brazil. He hails originally from Pottsville, in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania. For many years he worked in the library at Genesee and Novo Mundo, and he has interested himself in various translation projects, among which is the life of Dom Gabriel Sortais, abbot general of the Trappists in the early 1960s. That volume has also been published by Cistercian Publications, in the Monastic Wisdom series. The first four volumes of his translation of Gregory the Great's Moral Reflections on the Book of Job were published by Cistercian Publications between 2014 and 2017.

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"This handsome volume has a brief introduction to the work as a whole but otherwise contains the translation of the text only, with marginal notations when Gregory cites biblical texts form throughout the Christian canon."
The Bible Today

“This is a volume that is ripe for lectio divina, as well as learning how to be responsibly creative in accommodating the text to personal needs.”
Karl Schultz

"Whether read by itself or in conjunction with Parts 1 through 4, the present volume prepares the reader for what is still to come, Gregory's reflections on the culminating theophany, the voice out of the whirlwind, and the concluding vindication of Job-soon to appear, one hopes, in the final installment of this impressive English version of a central work of the Western patristic tradition."
Cistercian Studies Quarterly

"Brian Kerns's work of translation enables the modern-day seeker of God to read Gregory's deeply contemplative words into their own lives."