The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition

Paperback | September 22, 2006

byNorman Russell

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Deification in the Greek patristic tradition was the fulfilment of the destiny for which humanity was created - not merely salvation from sin but entry into the fullness of the divine life of the Trinity. This book, the first on the subject for over sixty years, traces the history ofdeification from its birth as a second-century metaphor with biblical roots to its maturity as a doctrine central to the spiritual life of the Byzantine Church. Drawing attention to the richness and diversity of the patristic approaches from Irenaeus to Maximus the Confessor, Norman Russell offers afull discussion of the background and context of the doctrine, at the same time highlighting its distinctively Christian character.

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Deification in the Greek patristic tradition was the fulfilment of the destiny for which humanity was created - not merely salvation from sin but entry into the fullness of the divine life of the Trinity. This book, the first on the subject for over sixty years, traces the history ofdeification from its birth as a second-century metaph...

Norman Russell was formerly Vice-Provost of the London Oratory and is now an independent scholar.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.97 inPublished:September 22, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199205973

ISBN - 13:9780199205974

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Deification in the Graeco-Roman World3. The Jewish Paradigm: From Ezekiel to the yored merkavah4. The Earliest Christian Model: Participatory Union with Christ5. The Alexandrian Tradition I: Christian Schools and Study-Circles6. The Alexandrian Tradition II: The Imposition of Episcopal Control7. The Cappadocian Approach: Divine Transcendence and the Ascent of the Soul8. The Monastic Synthesis: The Achievement of Maximus the Confessor9. Epilogue

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`Review from previous edition Norman Russell presents his subject with the assurance of a master ... He displays not just understanding of the material, but also a clear awareness of the field of patristic studies ... this is a masterpiece of what historical discussion of Christian doctrineshould be: historically acute and theologically perceptive.'Andrew Louth, The Times Higher Education Supplement