Marcia L. Colish offers the only book-length study of the patriarch treatises of Ambrose of Milan in which he develops, for the first time in the patristic period, an ethics for the laity.
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MARCIA L. COLISH is Frederick B. Artz Professor of History, emerita, at Oberlin College and visiting fellow in history at Yale University.
In Ambrose's Patriarchs, Colish shifts the discussion on the bishop's patriarchal treatises from source-critical considerations to their function in the liturgical life of the Milanese church. She argues that Ambrose created these writings in order to instruct Roman catechumens (competentes) on their new identity as members of the people of Israel and to provide them with practical examples of ethical virtue. . . Colish's analysis is polished and convincing, and is suitable for both graduate students and scholars alike.--Religious Studies Review
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