The Hexaemeron

Basil of Caesarea (329 - 379)
Translated by Blomfield Jackson

The Hexaemeron is the title of nine homilies delivered by St. Basil on the the cosmogony of the opening chapters of Genesis. When and where they were delivered is quite uncertain. They are Lenten sermons, delivered at both the morning and evening services, and appear to have been listened to by working men. (Hom. iii. 1) Some words in Hom. viii. have confirmed the opinion that they were preached extempore, in accordance with what is believed to have been Basil's ordinary practice. Internal evidence points in the same direction for though a marked contrast might be expected between the style of a work intended to be read, like the De Spiritu Sancto, and that of the orations to be spoken in public, the Hexaemeron shews signs of being and unwritten composition. In earlier ages, it was the most celebrated and admired of Basil's works. Photius (Migne, Pat. Gr. cxli) puts it first of all, and speaks warmly of its eloquence and force. As an example of oratory he would rank it with the works of Plato and Demosthenes. (Introduction by Nicene Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Vol. VIII)

Genre(s): Christianity - Commentary, Christianity - Other

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 1 - In the Beginning God Made the Heaven and the Earth Jonathan Lange
Play 02 2 - The Earth Was Invisible and Unfinished Jonathan Lange
Play 03 3 - On the Firmament Jonathan Lange
Play 04 4 - Upon the Gathering Together of the Waters Jonathan Lange
Play 05 5 - The Germination of the Earth Jonathan Lange
Play 06 6 - The Creation of Luminous Bodies Jonathan Lange
Play 07 7 - The Creation of Moving Creatures Jonathan Lange
Play 08 8 - The Creation of Fowl and Water Animals Jonathan Lange
Play 09 9 - The Creation of Terrestrial Animals Jonathan Lange