Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus by Andrew Hofer

By Andrew Hofer

Christ within the existence and instructing of Gregory of Nazianzus is the 1st full-length booklet dedicated to an summary of the Christology of this fourth-century Father of the Church. Andrew Hofer examines the breadth of Gregory's corpus--orations, letters, and poems (often missed in doctrinal studies)--to argue that Gregory's writing on Christ should be most sensible understood in tandem along with his autobiography.
This research starts off with an articulation of Gregory's theology of the be aware during which phrases come from the note who grew to become incarnate. Hofer then bargains a detailed interpreting of ways Gregory writes to or approximately Christ within the poetry often called "on himself." inside of a three-part examine of "autobiographical Christology," Hofer explores the philosophical historical past of Gregory's rhetoric for what he calls the "mixtures" of Christ and himself. He then elucidates this autobiographical crisis in Gregory's recognized Ep. a hundred and one, a landmark textual content within the Christological controversies. Thirdly, Hofer considers how Gregory celebrates the mysteries of Christ within the festal orations. prior to the book's epilogue, a bankruptcy describes how Gregory wrote of Christ for his pastoral ministry. during the paintings, Hofer demonstrates the significance in Gregory's writings of the language of mixing (such as within the Greek note krasis, rejected by way of the Council of Chalcedon to explain the Incarnation). This e-book therefore bargains a distinct viewpoint at the one referred to as "the Theologian" in Chalcedon's acts and in next Christian culture.

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20. 59 See esp. Frederick W. Norris, Faith Gives Fullness to Reasoning: The Five Theological Orations of Gregory Nazianzen, Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae (Leiden: Brill, 1991), 17–39. Norris says, “The most significant theme to arise out of the study undertaken for this commentary is the intricate interpenetration of philosophy, rhetoric and theology in the work of Gregory Nazianzen” (p. 17). Cf. Norris, “Of Thorns and Roses: The Logic of Belief in Gregory Nazianzen,” Church History 53 (1984): 455–65; Norris, “The Theologian and Technical Rhetoric: Gregory of Nazianzus and Hermogenes of Tarsus,” in Nova and Vetera: Patristic Studies in Honor of Thomas Halton, ed.

100 101 102 Or. 106. Or. 113; cf. Timaeus 19b. Cf. Or. 113. 98 Gregory’s Theology of the Word 35 philosophy, attention to one’s own soul, will be seen in detail through an analysis of the rhetoric of Gregory’s Christomorphic autobiography. THE SCRIPTURAL WORD PROCLAIMING LIFE Gregory of Nazianzus has left no scriptural commentary and has only one oration dedicated to a particular scriptural passage. 106 For an epiclesis before reading Scripture, Gregory invokes the Father of Christ and recalls Christ’s healing by his Incarnation and passion.

22 When beginning Or. 14, On Love of the Poor, Gregory appeals to his audience as being poor with him before God so that they may be generous, first, in listening to his oration, and then generous in giving to those in need. In some of the most stirring words on behalf of the poor in the early Church, he begins: Brothers and sisters, poor with me—all of us are beggars and needy of divine grace, even if one of us may seem to have more than others when measured on a small scale—accept my words on love of the poor (ôeí ðåæd çغïðôøåßÆò ºüªïí), not in a mean spirit but generously, that you may be rich in God’s Kingdom; and pray that we may bestow this on you richly; and nourish your souls with our discourse (ŁæÝłÆØ ôfiH ºüªø fi ôaò •ìåôÝæÆò łıåaò), breaking spiritual bread for the poor.

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