DOCTRINE DEIFICATION GREEK PATRISTIC TRADITION PDF

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 traces the history of deification, 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, the book offers a full discussion of the background and context of the doctrine, at t Drawing attention to the richness and diversity of the patristic approaches from Irenaeus to Maximus the Confessor, the book offers a full discussion of the background and context of the doctrine, at the same time highlighting its distinctively Christian character. Keywords: deification , Greek patristic tradition , humanity , salvation , sin , divine life , Trinity , metaphor , Byzantine Church , Irenaeus.

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This book, the first on the subject for over sixty years, traces the history of deification 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 a full discussion of the background and context of the doctrine, at the same time highlighting its distinctively Christian character. He displays not just understanding of the material, but also a clear awareness of the field of patristic studies Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

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The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition Norman Russell Oxford Early Christian Studies Provides a comprehensive survey of both pagan philosophical and Greek patristic approaches to deification from late antiquity to the seventh century Presents new insights into the interaction between Graeco-Roman culture and Christianity Analyses and sets in context the spiritual teaching of many early Christian writers.

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