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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Job and Greg Debate Ethics

Eastern Christians of the Byzantine tradition, immersed in Great Lent, will often celebrate a pre-sanctified liturgy whose authorship, at least in part, is attributed to St Gregory the Great. This towering pope of Rome is thus still thought 'orthodox' by the Orthodox, still regarded by them and the Latins as a saint, since he lived prior to the unpleasantness of 1054 and all that. 

So attention can and should still be paid to him and his writings, including a new translation, for release next month: Moral Reflection on the Book of Job, vol. 6, trans. Brian Kerns (Liturgical Press, 2022), 584pp. About this book the publisher tells us this:

Gregory the Great was pope from 590 to 604, a time of great turmoil in Italy and in the western Roman Empire generally because of the barbarian invasions. Gregory’s experience as prefect of the city of Rome and as apocrisarius of Pope Pelagius fitted him admirably for the new challenges of the papacy. The Moral Reflections on the Book of Job were first given to the monks who accompanied Gregory to the embassy in Constantinople. This sixth volume, containing books 28 through 35, provides commentary on five chapters of Job, from 38:1 through 42:17. The present volume contains the Lord’s appearing to Job out of the whirlwind, the Lord’s two lengthy speeches to Job and Job’s responses, and, finally, the Lord’s rebuke to Job’s friends and restoration of Job’s fortunes. Finally, Gregory speaks of his intention in writing this long work and requests that his readers grant him their prayers and tears. Includes comprehensive indexes for volumes 1-6.

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