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Christ within the lifestyles and educating of Gregory of Nazianzus is the 1st full-length publication dedicated to an outline of the Christology of this fourth-century Father of the Church. Andrew Hofer examines the breadth of Gregory's corpus--orations, letters, and poems (often ignored in doctrinal studies)--to argue that Gregory's writing on Christ should be most sensible understood in tandem along with his autobiography.
This learn starts with an articulation of Gregory's theology of the notice within which phrases come from the note who grew to become incarnate. Hofer then bargains a detailed examining of the way Gregory writes to or approximately Christ within the poetry often called "on himself." inside a three-part examine of "autobiographical Christology," Hofer explores the philosophical historical past of Gregory's rhetoric for what he calls the "mixtures" of Christ and himself. He then elucidates this autobiographical obstacle in Gregory's recognized Ep. a hundred and one, a landmark textual content within the Christological controversies. Thirdly, Hofer considers how Gregory celebrates the mysteries of Christ within the festal orations. sooner than the book's epilogue, a bankruptcy describes how Gregory wrote of Christ for his pastoral ministry. through the paintings, Hofer demonstrates the significance in Gregory's writings of the language of mixing (such as within the Greek be aware krasis, rejected through the Council of Chalcedon to explain the Incarnation). This e-book hence deals a different viewpoint at the one often called "the Theologian" in Chalcedon's acts and in next Christian culture.

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Only in the Word do our words have significance. For a Christian to give up the practice of a life modeled on Christ to be a rhetor is, for Gregory, absurd. This abandonment of Christian duties for rhetoric seems to have happened in the life of Gregory of Nyssa. In his Ep. ”80 In this rhetorically charged letter, sprinkled with classical allusions and displaying a mastery over the literary craft, the author knows 75 Ep. 11; trans. ); cf. Brian E. , “Saint Gregory of Nazianzus as Pastor and Theologian,” in Loving God with our Minds: Essays in Honor of Wallace M.

In Ep. 80, Gregory bemoans his sufferings: the deaths of Basil and Caesarius, poor health, old age, faithless friends, etc. He says that he is sailing in the dark and Christ is asleep. g. Ep. 37, 39, 157. Gregory uses a phrase spoken by Christ in John 16: 15 to begin Ep. 168, and says that he puts God’s voice for his introduction. ” For a general overview of Gregory’s epistolary contribution to the Byzantine tradition, see George T. , “Gregory of Nazianzus and the Byzantine Letter,” in Diakonia: Studies in Honor of Robert T.

61 Norris, Faith Gives Fullness to Reasoning, 24. 62 Rosemary Radford Ruether, Gregory of Nazianzus: Rhetor and Philosopher, new printing (Lima, OH: Academic Renewal Press, 2003), 174; quoted in Norris, “Of Thorns and Roses,” 455. 61 (the source of the quotation) and De vita sua 472. The first is now recognized to be by Gregory’s cousin Amphilochius of Iconium. See E. Oberg, Amphilochii Iconiensis Iambi ad Seleucum, in Patristische Texte und Studien 9 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 1969), 29–40; at line 61.

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