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The Cappadocian Mothers : deification exemplified in the writings of Basil, Gregory, and Gregory / Carla D. Sunberg ; foreword by T.A. Noble.

By: Sunberg, Carla D [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Eugene, Oregon : Pickwick Publications, [2017]Description: xviii, 231 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781498282413; 1498282415; 9781498282437; 1498282431.Subject(s): Basil, Saint, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 329-379 | Gregory, of Nazianzus, Saint | Gregory, of Nyssa, Saint, approximately 335-approximately 394 | Cappadocian Fathers | Women in Christianity -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600 | Women -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600DDC classification: 234.8
Contents:
Foreword / by T.A. Noble -- Introduction -- The Christianization of deification -- Christocentric development -- The development of monasticism and the role of virginity in the Cappadocian understanding of theosis -- The Fallen virgin -- Married women as the new Eve : Nonna and Gorgonia -- Macrina, the perfect virgin bride -- Practical implications for life and ministry : Macrina the Elder, Emmelia, and Theosebia -- The Mothers exemplify deification.
Summary: "The Cappadocian Fathers had great influence on the church of the fourth century, having brought their passion for Christ and theological expertise to life in their ministry. Their work was not devoid of influence, including that of their immediate family members. Within their writings we uncover the lives of seven women, the Cappadocian Mothers, who may have had more influence on the theology of the church than previously believed. As the Cappadocians wrestle with the Christianization of the concept of deification, we find the women in their lives becoming models for their theological understanding. The lives of the women become points of intersection in the kenosis-theosis parabola. Not only are the Cappadocian Mothers uncovered in the texts, but they become models of an optimistic theology of restoration for all of humanity without constraint of gender."--Page 4 of cover.
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Book: Standard Hewitson Library, Presbyterian Research Centre
England Collection BR67 .S86 2017 (Browse shelf) Available 19-124

Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-208) and indexes.

Foreword / by T.A. Noble -- Introduction -- The Christianization of deification -- Christocentric development -- The development of monasticism and the role of virginity in the Cappadocian understanding of theosis -- The Fallen virgin -- Married women as the new Eve : Nonna and Gorgonia -- Macrina, the perfect virgin bride -- Practical implications for life and ministry : Macrina the Elder, Emmelia, and Theosebia -- The Mothers exemplify deification.

"The Cappadocian Fathers had great influence on the church of the fourth century, having brought their passion for Christ and theological expertise to life in their ministry. Their work was not devoid of influence, including that of their immediate family members. Within their writings we uncover the lives of seven women, the Cappadocian Mothers, who may have had more influence on the theology of the church than previously believed. As the Cappadocians wrestle with the Christianization of the concept of deification, we find the women in their lives becoming models for their theological understanding. The lives of the women become points of intersection in the kenosis-theosis parabola. Not only are the Cappadocian Mothers uncovered in the texts, but they become models of an optimistic theology of restoration for all of humanity without constraint of gender."--Page 4 of cover.

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