The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Patristics

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Patristics

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This comprehensive volume brings together a team of distinguished scholars to create a wide-ranging introduction to patristic authors and their contributions to not only theology and spirituality, but to philosophy, ecclesiology, linguistics, hagiography, liturgics, homiletics, iconology, and other fields.



Challenges accepted definitions of patristics and the patristic period - in particular questioning the Western framework in which the field has traditionally been constructed

Includes the work of authors who wrote in languages other than Latin and Greek, including those within the Coptic, Armenian, Syriac, and Arabic Christian traditions

Examines the reception history of prominent as well as lesser-known figures, debating the role of each, and exploring why many have undergone periods of revived interest

Offers synthetic accounts of a number of topics central to patristic studies, including scripture, scholasticism, and the Reformation

Demonstrates the continuing role of these writings in enriching and inspiring our understanding of Christianity
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  • Paperback | 552 pages
  • 181 x 240 x 25mm | 818g
  • Wiley-Blackwell
  • Hoboken, United States
  • English
  • 1119517737
  • 9781119517733
  • 2,033,213

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"There is nothing to my knowledge quite like this volume ... this is a fascinating and innovative volume. It should certainly be required reading for advanced graduate students, and most professional researchers will gain from considering its challenges to current practices, both in relation to content and methodology."
-- Journal of Ancient Christianity

This comprehensive volume brings together a team of distinguished scholars to create a wide-ranging introduction to patristic authors and their contributions to not only theology and spirituality, but to philosophy, ecclesiology, linguistics, hagiography, liturgics, homiletics, iconology, and other fields. These newly commissioned essays by leading scholars cover the reception history of prominent as well as lesser-known figures, offering synthetic accounts of a number of topics central to patristic studies, including scripture, scholasticism, and the Reformation.

The volume examines the work of authors who wrote in languages other than Latin and Greek, including those writing within the Coptic, Armenian, Syriac, and Arabic Christian traditions. It challenges accepted definitions and notions about the scope of patristics and the patristic period, in particular questioning the Western framework in which the field has traditionally been constructed. The contributors also demonstrate the importance of knowing which figures have been central to historical events, why some have been neglected at the expense of others, and why many have undergone periods of repudiation and revived interest. Above all, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Patristics demonstrates the continuing role of these writings in enriching and inspiring our understanding of Christianity, both past and present.
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Table of contents

Preface x


Notes on Contributors xi


Part I Introduction 1


1 The Nature and Scope of Patristics 3
Ken Parry


Part II Collecting the Fathers 13


2 Byzantine Florilegia 15
Alexander Alexakis


3 Modern Patrologies 51
Angelo Di Berardino


Part III Studies in Reception History I: Individual Fathers 69


4 Irenaeus of Lyons 71
Denis Minns


5 Clement of Alexandria 84
Piotr Ashwin?Siejkowski


6 Origen of Alexandria 98
Mark Edwards


7 Athanasius of Alexandria 111
David M. Gwynn


8 Ephrem of Nisibis 126
Andrew Palmer


9 John Chrysostom 141
Wendy Mayer


10 Augustine of Hippo 155
Kazuhiko Demura


11 Cyril of Alexandria 170
Hans van Loon


12 Shenoute of Atripe 184
Janet Timbie


13 Nestorius of Constantinople 197
George Bevan


14 Dionysius the Areopagite 211
Istvan Perczel


15 Severus of Antioch 226
Youhanna Nessim Youssef


16 Gregory the Great 238
Bronwen Neil


17 Maximos the Confessor 250
Andrew Louth


18 John of Damascus 264
Vassilis Adrahtas


19 Gregory of Narek 278
Abraham Terian


20 Gregory Palamas 293
Marcus Plested


Part IV Studies in Reception History II: Collective Fathers 307


21 The Cappadocian Fathers 309
H. Ashley Hall


22 The Desert Fathers and Mothers 326
John Chryssavgis


23 The Iconophile Fathers 338
Vladimir Baranov


Part V Studies in the Fathers 353


24 Scripture and the Fathers 355
Paul Blowers


25 Hagiography of the Greek Fathers 370
Stephanos Efthymiadis


26 Liturgies and the Fathers 385
Hugh Wybrew


27 Fathers and the Church Councils 400
Richard Price


28 The Fathers and Scholasticism 414
James R. Ginther


29 The Fathers and the Reformation 428
Irena Backus


30 The Fathers in Arabic 442
Alexander Treiger


31 The Greek of the Fathers 456
Klaas Bentein


32 The Latin of the Fathers 471
Carolinne White


33 Reimagining Patristics: Critical Theory as a Lens 487
Kim Haines?Eitzen


Index 497
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About Ken Parry

KEN PARRY is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University, Sydney. He researches and publishes in the fields of late antiquity, Byzantine studies, and Eastern Christianity. He is the founding editor of the series Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity, and editor of The Blackwell Dictionary of Eastern Christianity (1999), The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity (2007), and co-editor of Byzantium, Its Neighbours and Its Cultures (2014).
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