In studying Melito of Sardis, I happened upon his preaching on the Passover (which I am reposting for this Easter). This is the oldest surviving sermons outside of the New Testament, and as such provides much insight into the heart and mind of this little know Preacher. From time to time, I will offer segments […]
Melito of Sardis
The whole creation saw clearly that for humanity’s sake the Judge was condemned, the Invisible was seen, the Unlimited was circumscribed, the Impassible suffered, the Immortal died and theHeavenly one was laid in the grave. (Discourse on the Soul and the Body, fragment, ACD vol 1 pg 53)
This is a series of repost for Easter from Melito of Sardis. What more can I add here? Components of the Mystery of the Passover (46-71) 1. The Passover (46-47a) 46. Now that you have heard the explanation of the type and of that which corresponds to it, hear also what goes into making up […]
I am reposting Melito for Easter. I have posted on Melito some before, and find myself returning to him for a bit especially his homily on the Passover. He provides us with an accurate manner in using the Old Testament, and it is an example that is well served for the past few millenia. He […]
This week, I am going back through my old posts on Melito of Sardis. So, here we go, a bit more from his Passover Homily.
In celebration of this Easter, I am reposting several of my posts on Melito of Sardis. In my opinion, he doesn’t get enough attention in the early Christological debates of the 3rd and 4th centuries. The facts are collected, but the comments on Melito are mine.
A few weeks ago, I had a discussion about Melito’s canon. As we know, he was the first among the early Church (that we know of) to publicly advocate for a Hebrew canon for the Old Testament. It wasn’t until Jerome that the West moved in this general direction, two hundred years later.
I’ve scheduled several (re)posts today in honor of the Bishop fo Sardis who declared God was killed, that we need to use the Hebrew bible, and other things. Today, is his feast day. Bishop of Sardis, prominent ecclesiastical writer in the latter half of the second century. Few details of his life areknown. A letter of Polycrates of […]
You’re St. Melito of Sardis! You have a great love of history and liturgy. You’re attached to the traditions of the ancients, yet you recognize that the old world — great as it was — is passing away. You are loyal to the customs of your family, though you do not hesitate to call family […]