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On Pascha: With the Fragments of Melito and Other Material Related to the Quartodecimans

Melito of Sardis
Translated, introduced, and annotated by Alistair Stewart-Sykes

Number 20 of Popular Patristics Series

“This work is not a scientific translation of On Pascha, but a fairly free rendition intended for students, seminarians, working clergy and faithful Christians. I would hope that this audience would get an idea of the contents and style of On Pascha, and some indication of its significance, particularly with regard to our understanding of the earliest paschal liturgy. In translating I have had a view to the rhetorical quality of the text, and in particular to the fact that the piece was designed to be spoken aloud, and scientific accuracy was therefore prized less highly than euphony.”


On Pascha
Melito the sophist
The Quartodeciman liturgy and Melito’s On Pascha
   The Fast
   The Vigil
   The Celebration
The Quartodeciman Pascha and the Jewish Pesah
Melito’s anti-Judaism
The Theology of Melito
   a) Melito’s doctrine of God in Christ
   b) Eschatology
   c) Typology
Conclusion: Melito’s liturgical theology
Melito of Sardis ON PASCHA
The Fragments
   a) Fragment 1
   b) Fragment 3
   c) Fragment 4
   d) Fragment 7
   e) Fragment 8b
   f) Fragments 9-11
   g) Fragment 17
Testimonies to Melito from later authors
   a) From Eusebius
   b) From Jerome
Selections from other authors concerning Quartodeciman practice
   a) Apollinarius
   b) Hippolytus
   c) Eusebius’ account of the Quartodeciman controversy at Rome at the end of the second century
   d) From the Life of Polycarp, 1
   e) A selection from the Syrian Didascalia, 21
   f) From Theodoret’s Compendium of Heretical Tales, 3.4
   g) Epistula Apostolorum 15

Item Number: BKV135
Publication Data: Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2001
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: 103
Dimensions (l × w × h): 18.4 cm × 12.7 cm × 0.9 cm
ISBN: 0‒088141‒217‒1
ISBN: 978‒0‒088141‒217‒8

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