Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus

Hardcover | September 15, 2013

byAndrew Hofer

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Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus is the first full-length book devoted to an overview 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 neglected in doctrinalstudies) - to argue that Gregory's writing on Christ can be best understood in tandem with his autobiography.This study begins with an articulation of Gregory's theology of the Word in which words come from the Word who became incarnate. Hofer then offers a close reading of how Gregory writes to or about Christ in the poetry known as 'on himself'. Within a three-part study of 'autobiographicalChristology', Hofer explores the philosophical background of Gregory's rhetoric for what he calls the 'mixtures' of Christ and himself. He then elucidates this autobiographical concern in Gregory's famous Ep. 101, a landmark text in the Christological controversies. Thirdly, Hofer considers howGregory celebrates the mysteries of Christ in the festal orations. Before the book's epilogue, a chapter describes how Gregory wrote of Christ for his pastoral ministry. Throughout the work, Hofer demonstrates the importance in Gregory's writings of the language of blending (such as in the Greek word krasis, rejected by the Council of Chalcedon to describe the Incarnation). This book thus offers a unique perspective on the one known as 'the Theologian' inChalcedon's acts and in subsequent Christian tradition.

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Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus is the first full-length book devoted to an overview 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 neglected in doctrinalstudies) - to argue that Gregory's writing on Chri...

Andrew Hofer, O.P., teaches at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. There he also serves as the Master of Students for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. Hofer has previously taught at Tangaza College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa and at the Univers...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:September 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199681945

ISBN - 13:9780199681945

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Gregory s Theology of the Word2. Gregory s Christomorphic Autobiography3. Autobiographical Christology I: The Mixtures of Gregory and Christ4. Autobiographical Christology II: Ep. 101 in the Christological Controversy5. Autobiographical Christology III: The Mysteries of Christ6. Gregory s Christomorphic MinistryEpilogue