Basil of Caesarea

by Stephen M. Hildebrand (Author)Karen Ehman (Author)Hans Boersma (Editor)Matthew Levering (Editor)
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The Foundations of Theological Exegesis and Christian Spirituality series critically recovers patristic exegesis and interpretation for contemporary theology and spirituality.

"Basil's reputation as a theologian has grown remarkably--and deservedly--in the past few years. Stephen Hildebrand's book is a very welcome introduction to the 'new Basil.'"
--Lewis Ayres, Durham University

"Basil of Caesarea is the giant of the fourth-century theologians, and he intimidates many who approach his works today. Here lies the value of this book: it introduces us not to a part of Basil's thought but to his theology as a whole. Moreover, it introduces not merely a corpus of ancient texts but also their author. This is a valuable book for historians of theology and for anyone who wants to understand the role of theology in late antiquity."
--Thomas O'Loughlin, University of Nottingham

"Basil is a pivotal figure in the history of the church, and his biblical interpretation is no small part of his achievement. We cannot begin to understand his prodigies of charitable activity or ecclesiastical administration until we understand his ascesis and his contemplative approach to Scripture. At a time when the world is regaining an appreciation of social doctrine, spiritual discipline, and patristic exegesis, it is a way forward."
--Scott Hahn, St. Vincent Seminary and Franciscan University of Steubenville

"This is an excellent, up-to-date, and detailed introduction to Basil's life and work. The great strength of this book is the way the author brings together Basil's theological work on the Trinity and his practical work on monastic life. He shows how both sides of Basil's work spring from the same desire to know God and zeal to obey his holy will. What emerges is a literary sculpture of the monk-bishop of Caesarea."
--Nonna Verna Harrison, author of St. Basil the Great on the Human Condition

"A wonderful book on one of the great thinkers of the ancient Christian world. It will be a standard book for students and all those interested in early Christian theology."
--John McGuckin, Columbia University

Contributors

Stephen M. Hildebrand, Author

Stephen M. Hildebrand (PhD, Fordham University) is professor of theology and director of the theology graduate program at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio. He is the author of The Trinitarian Theology of Basil of Caesarea and has published a translation of On the Holy Spirit.

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Karen Ehman, Author

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Hans Boersma, Editor

Matthew Levering, Editor