Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Historiam Perscrutari: Miscellanea Di Studi Offerti Al Prof. Ottorino Pasquato

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Historiam Perscrutari: Miscellanea Di Studi Offerti Al Prof. Ottorino Pasquato

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Historiam perscrutari: Miscellanea di studi offerti al prof. Ottorino Pasquato. Edited by Mario Maritano. [Biblioteca di Scienze Religiose, 180.] (Rome: Editrice L. A. S. 2002. Pp. 882. euro50,00 paperback.)

Ottorino Pasquato, S.D.B., is professor emeritus in the Universita Pontificia Salesiana, where for nearly a quarter of a century he taught ancient and medieval church history and related subjects. The Festschrift under review presents over fifty studies that make contributions to the many domains to which Don Ottorino has himself contributed over his long and fruitful career. (His numerous publications are detailed in the bibliography; see pages 31-39.) To give a sense of the scope of this book, it may be helpful to say a word about Pasquato's academic formation: he completed a laurea in ecclesiastical history at the Gregorian University with a thesis on paganism and Christianity in Antioch and Constantinople with reference to the works of St. John Chrysostom (1973), and a second laurea in philosophy at the University of Padua with a thesis on Christian historiography in the writings of Henri-Irenee Marrou (1979).Accordingly, the major themes in this book include history, theology, and Christianity (Part I), religious historiography (Part II), catechesis in history (Part III), and finally the Fathers in ecclesiastical tradition (Part IV).

The contents are so rich and varied as to resist satisfactory summarization. It may suffice instead to mention a sample of the noteworthy chapters. In Part I, there are insightful contributions on Christology in different cultures (M. Bordoni), de Lubac's historiography (G Coffele), and the ecumenical "reconciliation of memories" as a historiographical issue (L. Sartori). Two chapters on ancient historiography-monasticism and episcopacy in late antiquity (M. …

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