Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition

ISBN-10: 0199205973
ISBN-13: 9780199205974
Edition: 2006
Authors: Norman Russell
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List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 9.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Deification in the Greek patristic tradition was the fulfillment of the destiny for which humanity was created - not merely salvation from sin but entry into the fullness of the divine life of the Trinity. This book, the first on the subject for over sixty years, traces the history of deification from its birth as a second-century metaphor with biblical roots to its maturity as a doctrine central to the spiritual life of the Byzantine Church. Drawing attention to the richness and diversity of the patristic approaches from Irenaeus to Maximus the Confessor, Norman Russell offers a full discussion of the background and context of the doctrine, at the same time highlighting its distinctively Christian character.

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Introduction
The Metaphor of Deification
The Need for the Study
Scope and Method
Overview
Deification in the Graeco-Roman World
The Origins of Deification
The Ruler-Cult
Jewish and Christian Attitudes to the Ruler-Cult
The Democratization of the Ruler's Apotheosis
The Mystery Cults
Philosophical Religion
The Egyptian Hermetists
Interaction with Christianity
The Jewish Paradigm: From Ezekiel to the yored merkavab
Ancient Israel
The Impact of Hellenism
Palestinian Judaism
The Rabbinic Tradition
Influence on Christianity
The Earliest Christian Model: Participatory Union with Christ
Pauline Christianity
Jewish Christianity
Johannine Christianity
Ignatius of Antioch
Valentinian Christianity
Justin Martyr
Two Anonymous Contemporaries
Tatian
Theophilus of Antioch
Irenaeus of Lyons
Hippolytus of Rome
The Early Christian Approach to Deification
The Alexandrian Tradition I: Christian Schools and Study Circles
Alexandrian Christianity
The School of Basilides
The School of Pantaenus
Clement of Alexandria
Origen
Didymus the Blind
The Alexandrian Concept of Deification
The Alexandrian Tradition II: The Imposition of Episcopal Control
The Eclipse of the Independent Teacher
Athanasius
Apollinarius of Laodicea
Cyril of Alexandria
The Legacy of Alexandria
The Cappadocian Approach: Divine Transcendence and the Soul's Ascent
Basil of Caesarea
Gregory of Nazianzus
Gregory of Nyssa
The Cappadocian Achievement
The Monastic Synthesis: The Achievement of Maximus the Confessor
Evagrius Ponticus
The Macarian writings
Diadochus of Photice
Dionysius the Areopagite
Maximus the Confessor
Epilogue
Leontius of Jerusalem
John Damascene
Symeon the New Theologian
Gregory Palamas
The Dissemination of Hesychast Spirituality
Modern Approaches to Deification
Deification in the Syriac and Latin Traditions
The Greek Vocabulary of Deification
Bibliography
Indexes

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