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Book Title: Forty Gospel Homilies|
The author of the book: Pope Gregory I
Edition: Cistercian Publications
Date of issue: 1990
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Gregory the Great (540-604) may well have been the most devout Pope the church has ever had. He served, of course, before the Great Schism, so there was only one church at the time. He initially resisted the papacy, preferring a life of private devotion, but eventually assumed the duties of being Pope.
The challenge with this book--why it doesn't get five stars--is that during this time in church history, each Scripture was read and taught for its "literal" meaning and its allegorical meaning, and Gregory often gives more attention to the allegorical meaning. Such a reading requires great creativity and occasional deep insights, but it's not how we would treat/understand/use/teach Scripture today. If you want the best of Gregory, I would encourage you to read his Pastoral Rule before reading this one.
The four stars was cemented (I was thinking of giving it 3 stars) by the final homily, forty, on Luke 16:19-31, the story of Lazarus the beggar and the rich man. It was so powerful, and so prophetic, I think the book is worth getting for this homily alone.
There are many better classics to start with if you want to read ancient books. But having already gone through so many of them, I was grateful for this journey with Gregory.
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Read information about the authorPope Gregory I, also known as Saint Gregory the Great, was pope from September 3, 590 until the day of his death on March 12, 604.
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