ISBN-10:
0199205973
ISBN-13:
9780199205974
Pub. Date:
11/16/2006
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Oxford University Press, USA
The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition

The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition

by Norman Russell

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ISBN-13: 9780199205974
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 11/16/2006
Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Norman Russell was formerly Vice-Provost of the London Oratory and is now an independent scholar.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations xiii

I Introduction 1

1 The Metaphor of Deification 1

2 The Need for the Study 3

3 Scope and Method 7

4 Overview 9

2 Deification in the Graeco-Roman World 16

1 The Origins of Deification 16

2 The Ruler-Cult 18

3 Jewish and Christian Attitudes to the Ruler-Cult 23

4 The Democratization of the Ruler's Apotheosis 26

5 The Mystery Cults 28

6 Philosophical Religion 34

7 The Egyptian Hermetists 44

8 Interaction with Christianity 50

3 The Jewish Paradigm: From Ezekiel to the yored merkavab 53

1 Ancient Israel 53

2 The Impact of Hellenism 55

3 Palestinian Judaism 65

4 The Rabbinic Tradition 71

5 Influence on Christianity 76

4 The Earliest Christian Model: Participatory Union with Christ 79

1 Pauline Christianity 79

2 Jewish Christianity 85

3 Johannine Christianity 87

4 Ignatius of Antioch 89

5 Valentinian Christianity 92

6 Justin Martyr 96

7 Two Anonymous Contemporaries 101

8 Tatian 102

9 Theophilus of Antioch 103

10 Irenaeus of Lyons 105

11 Hippolytus of Rome 110

12 The Early Christian Approach to Deification 112

5 The Alexandrian Tradition I: Christian Schools and Study Circles 115

1 Alexandrian Christianity 115

2 The School of Basilides 119

3 The School of Pantaenus 120

4 Clement of Alexandria 121

5 Origen 140

6 Didymus the Blind 154

7 The Alexandrian Concept of Deification 161

6 The Alexandrian Tradition II: The Imposition of Episcopal Control 164

1 The Eclipse of the Independent Teacher 164

2 Athanasius 164

3 Apollinarius of Laodicea 188

4 Cyril of Alexandria 191

5 The Legacy of Alexandria 204

7 The Cappadocian Approach: Divine Transcendence and the Soul's Ascent206

1 Basil of Caesarea 206

2 Gregory of Nazianzus 213

3 Gregory of Nyssa 225

4 The Cappadocian Achievement 232

8 The Monastic Synthesis: The Achievement of Maximus the Confessor 235

1 Evagrius Ponticus 238

2 The Macarian writings 241

3 Diadochus of Photice 246

4 Dionysius the Areopagite 248

5 Maximus the Confessor 262

9 Epilogue 296

1 Leontius of Jerusalem 296

2 John Damascene 299

3 Symeon the New Theologian 301

4 Gregory Palamas 304

5 The Dissemination of Hesychast Spirituality 309

6 Modern Approaches to Deification 312

Appendix 1 Deification in the Syriac and Latin Traditions 321

Appendix 2 The Greek Vocabulary of Deification 333

Bibliography 345

Indexes 381

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