Gregory of Nazianzus

by Brian Matz (Author)Brian J. Matz (Author)Hans Boersma (Editor)Matthew Levering (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.

"Matz has written an intriguing book on Gregory of Nazianzus. Centering attention on Gregory's pastoral theology of purification, Matz relates this central theme to baptism, contemplation, concern for the poor, and other topics, without neglecting the theological controversy Gregory is best known for, the controversy on the Trinity. With each topic, Matz gives detailed attention to citations from Scripture. This insightful and lively book should renew and reorient studies of Gregory for decades to come."
--Joseph T. Lienhard, SJ, Fordham University

"In this book, one of the greatest theologians of the early church comes to life as a complex and endearing human personality as well as an edifying and inspiring example of Christian discipleship and ministry. We encounter Gregory of Nazianzus as an earthen vessel filled with treasures of grace, prone to being overwhelmed by frustration with ecclesial politics but dedicated to a transformative union with God and other human beings that is motivated and informed by scriptural contemplation. Reading this book is itself a wonderful exercise in contemplation, which will inspire in the reader the same hunger and thirst for God that motivated Gregory's own spiritual journey."
--Khaled Anatolios, University of Notre Dame

"For many years Gregory of Nazianzus, whom the Byzantines called the 'Second Demosthenes' and 'the Theologian,' was neglected by English-language theologians and historians, who generally did not appreciate the narrative structure of his theological systematic or his understanding of theological insight as poetic inspiration. This neglect has rightly been overturned in recent decades. In this elegant and lucid study, Matz has done a splendid job explaining why Gregory matters and what profound depths of biblical and philosophical insight lie behind the rhetorician's elegant discourse."
--John A. McGuckin, Columbia University

"Matz successfully fulfills his double aim for the book: introducing his readers to Gregory Nazianzen's reading and use of Scripture and to Gregory's pastoral theology of purification based on the former. This study makes the pastor Gregory's theology, concerns, and biblical hermeneutics intelligible and relevant to a contemporary audience (pastors in particular!) in clear, nuanced, and engaging ways."
--Helen Rhee, Westmont College


Brian Matz, Author

Brian Matz (PhD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Saint Louis University) is associate professor of the history of Christianity and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Endowed Chair in Catholic Thought at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author or coeditor of numerous books, including Gregory of Nazianzus, Patristics and Catholic Social Thought: Hermeneutical Models for a Dialogue, and Grace for Grace: The Debates after Augustine and Pelagius, and has written numerous articles.

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Hans Boersma, Editor

Matthew Levering, Editor

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Matthew Levering, Editor