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This volume examines the life and thought of Basil of Caesarea. This unique volume brings together a lengthy introduction to his life and thought with a selection of extracts from his diverse works in new translations, with each extract accompanied by an introduction and notes. This format allows students to better understand this significant figure in the Early Church by providing an accessible representative selection of his works in one concise volume, making this an invaluable resource for students of early Christianity.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 238 pages
  • 140 x 216mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Halftones, black and white
  • 1138853771
  • 9781138853775

About Stephen Hildebrand

Stephen M. Hildebrand is Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, USA.show more

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In this volume Stephen Hildebrand gives a succinct yet insightful overview of the life and thought of Basil of Caesarea, informed by the latest scholarship, and offers a well-chosen selection of texts drawn from various genres and written for various purposes that illuminate different facets of the Cappadocian bishop's activities and theology. Basil is presented as a complex figure who pioneered new Christian paths as a churchman, preacher, theologian, and ascetic while at the same time being deeply embedded in late-ancient Roman society. This book will prepare readers to delve into the broad secondary literature on this Cappadocian Father, and more importantly to read extensively the writings of St. Basil the Great himself. - Mark DelCogliano, University of St. Thomas, USAshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Preface Abbreviations Part 1: Introduction Chapter 1: Life and Times Background and Early Life The Ascetic Turn Episcopate Further Reading Chapter 2: Vision Scripture The Physical World The Human Person The Moral and Ascetic Life God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Further Reading Part 2: Texts Chapter 3: Churchman and Statesman Section 1: Suffragan Bishops and Presbyters Section 2: Engagement with a Wider Circle of Bishops Section 3: Patronage Section 4: Canons Section 5: Consolation Chapter 4: Preacher First Homily on Creation First Homily on the Creation of Man Homily on Psalm 59 Homily on "I will tear down my barns" Homily on the Martyr Julitta Chapter 5: Polemicist Ep. 9, To Maximus the Philosopher Ep. 261, To the Sozopolitans (against Apollinaris) Excerpts from Against Eunomius Excerpts from On the Holy Spiriit Chapter 6: Ascetic Section 1: Letters Section 2: Excerpts from the Small Asceticon and the Great Asceticon Chapter 7: Excerpts from To Young Men on How They Would Profit from Greek Literature Bibliography Indexshow more

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