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Re-Reading Gregory of Nazianzus: Essays on History, Theology, and Culture (Studies In Early Christianity)

Re-Reading Gregory of Nazianzus: Essays on History, Theology, and Culture (Studies In Early Christianity)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780813219912
  • Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press
  • Release Date: Sep 17, 2012
  • Pages: 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.25 inches


Re-Reading Gregory of Nazianzus offers a collection of cutting-edge research on one of the leading figures in the early church. Long recognized as a chief architect of Eastern Orthodox Christianity and the definitive articulator of the doctrine of the Trinity, Gregory "the Theologian" has been strangely neglected in modern patristic research. In recent decades Gregory has become the subject of careful study by scholars in a variety of humanistic disciplines, including theology, church history, classics, art history, and literature, and has attracted the renewed attention of Eastern and Western theologians and church leaders as well.

This book, the newest volume in the CUA Studies in Early Christianity, presents original works by leading patristics scholars on a wide range of theological, historical, and cultural topics. It offers illuminating new readings of Gregory's writings, ranging from the systematic theology of Gregory's poetry to the Trinitarian doctrine found in his Festal Orations, and from his artful self-presentation in the mode of classical historiography to his later influence on Byzantine theologians and emperors.

The book honors the work of American scholar Frederick W. Norris, who led the way in revitalizing the study of Gregory among English-speaking scholars. Its contributors are Christopher A. Beeley, Paul M. Blowers, Brian E. Daley, S.J., Susanna Elm, Everett Ferguson, Ben Fulford, Verna E. F. Harrison, Andrew Hofer, O.P., Vasiliki Limberis, Andrew Louth, Brian J. Matz, John A. McGuckin, Neil McLynn, Claudio Moreschini, Suzanne Abrams Rebillard, Andrea Sterk, and William Tabbernee.


Christopher A. Beeley is Walter H. Gray Associate Professor of Anglican Studies and Patristics at Yale Divinity School. He is the author of The Unity of Christ: Continuity and Conflict in Patristic Tradition, Leading God's People: Wisdom from the Early Church for Today, and Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God, winner of a John Templeton Award for Theological Promise. He is the editor of the Patristic Monograph Series published by CUA Press and is a director of the North American Patristics Society.


"The authors give welcome attention to many of Gregory's writings that were previously understudied, especially his verse and letters. . .The assembly of such luminaries is an important reference for all scholars of the theologian and students of early Christianity." -Religious Studies Review

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