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The Festal Epistles of S. Athanasius
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The Festal Epistles of S. Athanasius

by

John Henry Parker, Francis & John Rivington 1854

Overview

The Festal Epistles is a collection of formal pastoral letters written on a year-by-year basis that commemorate the Easter season. These letters, traditionally sent by the Bishop of Alexandria, are known to modern scholars from multiple ancient sources and appear in the historical record as early as AD 247. Athanasius began writing these homily-style letters in AD 329, and continued to compose them until AD 373. In all, Athanasius composed 44 letters, and each bears the marks of his remarkable intellect and his stalwart Nicene faith. A rich avenue for studying his life and ministry, Athanasius’ penned his letters during times of peace, intense theological debate, and multiple exiles, but each was intended for the edification of the Alexandrian church.

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Key Features

  • Offers a collection of pastoral letters that commemorate Easter
  • Explores the faith, ministry, and life of Athanasius through his letters
  • Illustrates the early church’s understanding of Easter

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About Athanasius of Alexandria

Athanasius of Alexandria (ca. 296–373) was the twentieth bishop of Alexandria. Also known as Athanasius the Great, Athanasius is considered a renowned Christian theologian, a Church Father, and a noted Egyptian leader of the fourth century. Venerated by the Roman Catholic Church, the Oriental and Eastern Churches, the Lutheran Church, and the Anglican Communion, he is celebrated with various high-level honorifics across all of these Christian traditions, including “Father of Orthodoxy” in the Eastern Orthodox Church, Doctor of the Church in the Catholic tradition, and “Father of the Canon” among Protestants. He is remembered primarily for his conflict with Arianism—a theological conflict which he spent the majority of his life fighting.

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