Exegetic Homilies

By Saint Basil; Sister Agnes Clare C. D.P. Way | Go to book overview

INTRODUCTION

THE EXEGETIC WRITINGS usually attributed to St. Basil include the nine homilies on the Hexaemeron, seventeen on the Psalms, and the Commentary on Isaia in sixteen chapters. These are all found in the 'Opera Sancti Basilii' of the Patrologia Graeca, Vols. 29-32. Four of the homilies on the psalms, the first, On Psalm 14, a second one On Psalm 28, one On Psalm 37, and that On Psalm 115, as well as the Commentary on Isaia, are placed by the Benedictine editors in the Appendix of Volume 1 of St. Basil's works, Patrologia Graeca, Vol. 30, as doubtful or clearly spurious works of St. Basil. Two other exegetic homilies, On the Form of Man, are included by the Benedictine editors among St. Basil's doubtful works and are also found in the works of St. Gregory of Nyssa, 1 who says that at the request of his brother, Peter, he had finished the Hexaemeron of St. Basil. Since these two homilies are contained also in St. Gregory's works and since we do not find the works which St. Basil had promised at the end of homily nine on the Hexaemeron on 'Man as the Image of God,' it is quite possible that St. Gregory added these two homilies to his brother's commentary in place of the two which St. Basil had promised. They are usually attributed to St. Gregory. In my translation I am including only those exegetic homilies generally acknowledged to be genuine.

The high esteem with which the ancients regarded the homilies of St. Basil, especially those on the Hexaemeron, is well known. St. Gregory of Nazianzus says: 'When I take his Hexaemeron in my hand and read it aloud, I am with my

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • Exegetic Homilies *
  • Contents *
  • Introduction vii
  • Homily 1 3
  • Homily 2 21
  • Homily 3 37
  • Homily 4 55
  • Homily 5 67
  • Homily 6 83
  • Homily 7 105
  • Homily 8 117
  • Homily 9 135
  • Homily 10 151
  • Homily 11 165
  • Homily 12 181
  • Homily 13 193
  • Homily 14 213
  • Homily 15 227
  • Homily 16 247
  • Homily 17 275
  • Homily 18 297
  • Homily 19 311
  • Homily 20 333
  • Homily 21 341
  • Homily 22 351
  • Indices *
  • General Index 363
  • Index of Holy Scripture 375
  • The Fathers of the Church *
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