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On-the-Job Morals

Gregory the Great’s composed his magnum opus, the Moralia in Job (Morals on the Book of Job), while he was the pope’s ambassador at the imperial court in Constantinople. For the monks with whom he stayed, he gave a long series of conferences on the moral sense of this most perplexing and consoling book of the Bible. He held up Job as a model of all the virtues. Gregory’s book son won fame and remained among the most popular works of scriptural interpretation in the middle ages.

Unfortunately, it’s been unavailable in English for over a century and a half — since Parker and Rivington brought it out in London in 1844. It’s three huge volumes, and I think there’s a set for sale somewhere for $400.

But now Lectionary Central, a site run by tradition-minded Anglicans in Canada, is enabling us all to grow rich. Those good folks in the Great White North are keying the book in, a little at a time, and are now well into volume two. They’re saving the notes for last. (Georgetown provost James J. O’Donnell has posted a small portion with notes.)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Then start reading!

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