The Bride of the Lamb

The Bride of the Lamb

by Sergius Bulgakov




Sergius Bulgakov is thought by many to be the twentieth century's foremost Russian Orthodox theologian. The Bride of the Lamb is widely regarded as Bulgakov's magnum opus and, even more, as one of the greatest works ever produced in the modern Orthodox tradition. This book is now available for the first time in English, complete with an introduction to Bulgakov and his theological context.

For readers new to Russian religious thought, The Bride of the Lamb presents a fresh and intriguing approach to Christian doctrine. Bulgakov examines issues of ecclesiology and eschatology from a sophiological perspective. This distinctive Russian approach, based on the doctrine of Sophia, the wisdom of God, sees the Creator and creation intimately linked as Divine-humanity. The Bride of the Lamb explores the nature of created beings, the relationship between God and the world, the role of the church, and such eschatological themes as the second coming of Jesus, resurrection and judgment, and the afterlife.

Rendered into superb English by translator Boris Jakim, The Bride of the Lamb will breathe new life into Western approaches to Christian doctrine.\

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780567088710
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/14/2002
Pages: 467
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Introductionix
To the Readerxvii
Section IThe Creator and Creation
1.The Creation of the World "Out of Nothing"3
3.The Sophianicity of the World7
d.Western Theology (Thomas Aquinas)19
e."Creation Out of Nothing"33
f.The Eternity of Creation and the Temporality of Its Being56
4.The World Soul and Its Hypostases79
5.The Eternity and Temporality of Man103
2.Creaturely Freedom125
1.Creaturely Limitedness and Imperfection147
2.Creaturely Freedom as the Possibility of Good and of Evil150
3.Original Sin164
4.God and Creaturely Freedom193
1.Divine Providence with Regard to the World193
2.Divine Providence with Regard to Man201
3.Divine Causality and Creaturely Freedom204
4.The Problem of Predestination212
5.God and Creaturely Freedom220
Section IIThe Church, History, and the Afterlife
5.The Church253
1.The Essence of the Church253
2.The Church as a Sacramental and Hierarchical Organization268
3.The Limits of Sacramentalism290
7.Death and the State after Death349
Section IIIEschatology
8.Parousia, Resurrection, and the City of God379
1.Introductory Comments379
2.The End of This Age382
3.The Parousia387
4.The Transfiguration of the World417
5.The Universal Resurrection429
6.Judgment and Separation454
7.The Eternal in the Temporal (On the Eternity of Bliss and Torments)466
8.The City of God519

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