""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.
About the Author
Table of Contents
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
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
The Judge and the Judged: A Contemplative Christology 129