Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Early Church Fathers Nota Bene

Hymn for Christmas-Day

Many people are at least passingly familiar with the late fourth century/early fifth century Christian Latin poet Prudentius because of John Mason Neale and Henry Baker’s translation of nine verses from Cathemerinon 9, the Hymnus omnis horae (“Hymn for Every Hour”), titled “Of the Father’s Love Begotten.” (Kevin DeYoung recently wrote about it here.) The Cathemerinon (“Daily Round”) is a […]

Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism

Prudentius et Herodotus in Chytraeo

This is a brief addendum to yesterday’s post on David Chytraeus’ comments on Exodus 1. I post it because it demonstrates the kind of humanism and concern for the artes that used to be present among theologians. The fourth locus treated in chapter 1, Chytraeus says, is the principle “We must obey God rather than men,” and […]

Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Philosophy Sacred Doctrine

Prudentius’ Hymnus de Trinitate: Dogmatics and Poetics

Writing intensely dogmatic poetry within the constraints of classical meters is not easy to do. One of the best and most interesting of those who have made the attempt is the most erudite and virtuosic Christian poet of Late Antiquity, Aurelius Prudentius Clemens (late fourth/early fifth century). Below is the hymn on the Trinity that […]