240 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This unique volume examines the life and thought of Basil of Caesarea. Stephen M. Hildebrand brings together a lengthy introduction to his life and thought with a selection of extracts from his diverse works in new translations, with each extract accompanied by an introduction and notes. This format allows students to better understand this significant figure in the Early Church by providing an accessible representative selection of his works in one concise volume, making this an invaluable resource for students of Early Christianity.




    Part 1: Introduction

    Chapter 1: Life and Times

    Background and Early Life

    The Ascetic Turn


    Further Reading

    Chapter 2: Vision


    The Physical World

    The Human Person

    The Moral and Ascetic Life

    God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

    Further Reading

    Part 2: Texts

    Chapter 3: Churchman and Statesman

    Section 1: Suffragan Bishops and Presbyters

    Section 2: Engagement with a Wider Circle of Bishops

    Section 3: Patronage

    Section 4: Canons

    Section 5: Consolation

    Chapter 4: Preacher

    First Homily on Creation

    First Homily on the Creation of Man

    Homily on Psalm 59

    Homily on "I will tear down my barns"

    Homily on the Martyr Julitta

    Chapter 5: Polemicist

    Ep. 9, To Maximus the Philosopher

    Ep. 261, To the Sozopolitans (against Apollinaris)

    Excerpts from Against Eunomius

    Excerpts from On the Holy Spiriit

    Chapter 6: Ascetic

    Section 1: Letters

    Section 2: Excerpts from the Small Asceticon and the Great Asceticon

    Chapter 7: Excerpts from To Young Men on How They Would Profit from Greek Literature




    Stephen M. Hildebrand is Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, USA.

    "In this volume Stephen Hildebrand gives a succinct yet insightful overview of the life and thought of Basil of Caesarea, informed by the latest scholarship, and offers a well-chosen selection of texts drawn from various genres and written for various purposes that illuminate different facets of the Cappadocian bishop’s activities and theology. Basil is presented as a complex figure who pioneered new Christian paths as a churchman, preacher, theologian, and ascetic while at the same time being deeply embedded in late-ancient Roman society. This book will prepare readers to delve into the broad secondary literature on this Cappadocian Father, and more importantly to read extensively the writings of St. Basil the Great himself."

    Mark DelCogliano, University of St. Thomas, USA