Eschatology and Pain in St. Gregory the Great: The Christological Synthesis of Gregory's Morals on the Book of Job

Eschatology and Pain in St. Gregory the Great: The Christological Synthesis of Gregory's Morals on the Book of Job

by Kevin L. Hester

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Overview

This work seeks to demonstrate that Gregory's spirituality forms and is formed by his theology and especially his understanding of the person and work of Christ. His spirituality is that of a contemplative looking for Christ and finding him in the pain of this world. Gregory's theological emphases of the experience of pain and eschatology found in his Moralia in Iob find their connection in his Christology. In contemplative union with Christ the pain of this life will make sense and in the last judgment the great mystery of the divine purpose will be revealed.

""This book is not only a perceptive, well informed essay on late Patristic theology, but a moving call to join in Gregory's contemplative vision--a book to nourish our spirits as well as our minds.""
--Brian E. Daley, SJ, Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

""Hester's thorough, imaginative, and incisive analysis enables the reader to better understand the historical and theological complexities of Gregory's thought.""
--Kenneth B. Steinhauser, Professor, St. Louis University

""This work is as an excellent introduction not only to the Moralia, but also to Gregory's thought in general. . . . Hester's writing is clear and direct; his arguments are persuasive. This is an admirable first book.""
--Carole Straw, Professor, Department of History Mount Holyoke College

""In this splendid treatment of Gregory's Moralia in Iob Kevin Hester displays a sixth-century reading of the book of Job which is deeply Christological , eschatological, and moral as it struggles to comprehend suffering as both redemptive and revelatory.""
--Jeffrey Bingham, Professor of Theological Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

Kevin L. Hester is Assistant Professor of Theology at Free Will Baptist College in Nashville Tennessee. His PhD is from Saint Louis University and he researches late classical and early medieval theology where his interests lie in biblical exegesis, Christology, and theological anthropology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556356575
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Series: Studies in Christian History and Thought Series
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Kevin L. Hester is Assistant Professor of Theology at Free Will Baptist College in Nashville Tennessee. His PhD is from Saint Louis University and he researches late classical and early medieval theology where his interests lie in biblical exegesis, Christology, and theological anthropology.

Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Acknowledgements     xiii
Abbreviations     xv
Introduction     1
Thesis Statement     1
Gregory's Historical Context     3
Gregory's Spritual Theology     6
A Brief Introduction to the Moralia     9
Gregory's Exegesis in the Moralia     11
The Eschatology of the Moralia     15
Evangelical Eschatology Before Gregory     15
Signs of the End in Gregory     21
Imminence of the End and Practical Ramifications     32
De novissimis     39
The "Millenium"     40
The Final Tribulation     41
The Last Judgment     43
The Eternal State     49
Conclusion     52
Flagellantis Iudicium     55
The Stricken Gregory and the Stricken Job     55
Pain as a Result of the Fall     60
Types of Pain     66
Uses of Pain     71
The Pain of Salvation: Justification, Sanctification and the Judgment     76
Conclusion: Gregory's Pedagogy of Pain     82
The Christological Synthesis     87
Links in the Advents of Christ     87
The Headand the Body     94
Interiority and Exteriority     102
Intus iudex     113
Conclusion     123
The Judge and the Judged: A Contemplative Christology     129
Bibliography     141
Index     153

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