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Rhetoric in the Monastic Tradition

Bequette, John P.

Rhetoric in the Monastic Tradition

A Textual Study

Year of Publication: 2012

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2012. VIII, 153 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-1797-8 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.350 kg, 0.772 lbs

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Book synopsis

Rhetoric in the Monastic Tradition presents a series of «test cases» in rhetorical theory. John P. Bequette explores several important texts from the Western monastic tradition through the lens of ancient rhetoric, using the figures and topica of the Roman rhetorical tradition to exposit the texts in all their depth. This tradition, filtered through Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana, provides a useful hermeneutic to unlock the inexhaustible riches of the texts that comprise the monastic tradition from 500 to 1100 A.D. Each chapter focuses on a specific text to understand the relationship between human language and divine revelation as expressed by the monastic author in question. Texts include the Rule of St. Benedict, Bede’s Advent Homily on Mark 1:4-8, Anselm’s Letter to Lanzo, Peter Damian’s The Book of «The Lord Be with You,» and sermons thirty-five through thirty-eight of Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermons on the Song of Songs.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

John P. Bequette earned his doctoral degree in historical theology at Saint Louis University. He is currently Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is the author of Christian Humanism: Creation, Redemption, and Reintegration (2007) and The Eloquence of Sanctity: Rhetoric in Thomas of Celano’s Vita Prima Sancti Francisci (2004). He has also published articles in the American Benedictine Review and Cistercian Studies Quarterly.