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St. Gregory Thaumaturgus : life and works
Gregory, Thaumaturgus, Saint, approximately 213-approximately 270.
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Works. English. 1998
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : The Catholic University of America Press, [1998]

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xix, 199 pages ; 22 cm.
The life of Gregory the Wonderworker -- The genuine works of St. Gregory Thaumaturgus -- Other works associated with St. Gregory Thaumaturgus.
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Life of Gregory the Wonderworker.
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BR60.A62 G74 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Born of an aristocratic pagan family at Neocaesarea in Pontus at the beginning of the 3rd century, St Gregory received his early training in literature and rhetoric in his birthplace. While visiting Caesarea in Palestine, he chanced to hear the Christian philosopher and theologian Origen and remained there for five years as his pupil. Deeply influenced by Origen, Gregory returned to Pontus a convinced Christian and became the first bishop of Neocaesarea. His dedication greatly influenced his people, and he became known as ""Gregory the Great"", ""the Teacher"" or ""the Wonderworker"". St Gregory's influence is clear from the many ""Lives"" (or narrations) that circulated in the 4th and 5th centuries, the prayers and invocations that asked for his patronage, and his place in Eastern canon law. Of his life, however, not much is known. No manuscript collection of his writings was made in antiquity. This volume presents the earliest ""Life"" of Gregory Thaumaturgas, preached by St. Gregory of Nyssa, and all the works that can be attributed to Gregory Thaumaturgas himself. It includes his ""Address of Thanksgiving"" to his teacher Origen; his Christian adaptation and interpretation of the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes; his regulations restoring order in the Christian community after an invasion by the Goths; a treatise on God's ability to suffer and another on the Trinity; and two small texts that may or may not have been written by him.

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This text provides an English translation of both the principle works attributed to and works about St. Gregory, known as "Gregory the Great," "the Teacher," and "the Wonder Worker." Among those attributed to Gregory that the editor provides is the debated "To Philagrius, on Consubstantiality." The inclusion of Gregory of Nyssa's De Vita Gregorii Thaumaturgi provides a welcome primary source, supplementing the editor's thorough but concise introduction. The introduction includes biographical information covering Gregory's relations to other important ecclesiastics as well as his theology. While providing introductory sections for each of the included texts is always convenient, it is less so here because these sections are grouped together in the general introduction rather than serving to preface each translation respectively. Footnotes and bibliography provide a detailed introduction to the largely non-English scholarship on Gregory. Select review of the translations shows them to be very accurate, but at times weighted down by a tendency to reflect the original sentence structure. For specialists the absence of a parallel Greek text is regrettable. While this text will be less suitable for most undergraduate readers, it gives upper-level undergraduate and graduate readers in theology and the history of Christianity an excellent English introduction to Gregory. J. C. Hanges; Miami University