Homilies on the Prophetic Burdens of Isaiah

Aelred of Rievaulx; Translated by Lewis White with introduction by Marsha L. Dutton

ISBN: 9780879071837, CF083P
Details: 424 pgs , 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Publication Date: 08/24/2018


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During his twenty years as abbot of the Yorkshire monastery of Rievaulx, Aelred preached many sermons: to his own monks, in other monasteries, and at significant gatherings outside the cloister. In these thirty-one homilies on Isaiah 13-16, together with an introductory Advent sermon, Aelred interprets the burdens that Isaiah prophesied against the nations according to their literal, allegorical, and moral senses. He sees these burdens as playing a role both in the history of the church and in the progress of the individual soul. This collection of homilies is an ambitious, unified work of a mature monk, synthesizing biblical exegesis, ascetical teaching, spiritual exhortation, and a theory of history.

Lewis White has been a teacher and translator at the Language Center of the Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca, Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca, Mexico, since 2009. He was a member of Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Virginia, from 2002-2009.

"This first English translation of The Burdens of Isaiah is a valuable addition to the available corpus of Aelred's works, a challenging and rewarding tour de force, sometimes puzzling and sometimes dazzling, that represents Aelred's thought and spirit in its maturity."
Catholic Books Review