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Oxford Theological Monographs of the Orthodox Tradition (10 vols.)
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Gathering Interest


These volumes survey the state of knowledge on 10 flashpoints in early Christian history and doctrine. Experts in Christian history and literature delve deeply into patristic thought on topics such as universal salvation, the trinity, and divine mediation. The authors bring these vital voices from the past into discussions that remain vibrant in the church today—often the first thorough modern examination of these historical people and ideas in English. These scholars provide fresh and exhaustive research for contemporary audiences.

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Key Features

  • Breathes new life into the voices of church fathers on discussions that remain lively today
  • Includes clear and complete patristic scholarship from leaders in the field
  • Brings historical voices together like never before

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Hippolytus between East and West: The Commentaries and the Provenance of the Corpus

  • Author: J. A. Cerrato
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 302

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J. A. Cerrato presents the first thorough analysis of the Hippolytus question in English in over a century. Drawing on leading scholarship of the twentieth century, Cerrato untangles millennia of theory and points to the evidence of the Asian roots of the great biblical commentator.

This is a solid piece of scholarship which throws more light on an intractable problem relating to the Church in the first decades of the third century . . . the author has opened up new lines of research.

The Expository Times

J. A. Cerrato is the head of classics at The Pennington School, New Jersey, and a priest of the Episcopal Church.

Theodore the Stoudite

  • Author: Roman Cholij
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 296

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This is the first modern study in English of the life and thought of the ninth-century Byzantine theologian and monastic reformer, Theodore the Stoudite. Cholij analyzes Theodore’s letters and religious writings in context and reaches new conclusions concerning the religious and secular issues which engaged him in controversy. This analysis develops a new definition of the origins of the Orthodox sacramental tradition.

Roman Cholij’s intelligent and engaging biography of Theodore makes accessible a wider knowledge of this fascinating individual. A book of seemingly effortless scholarship and clarity, this book is essential reading for historians interested in eastern and western monasticism. Cholij has presented here an immensely thoughtful, stimulating, and readable account of an individual who, in Cholij’s estimation, is important more as a reflection of ninth-century Byzantine views than as an innovator or original thinker, and whose career should be seen more centrally as that of a politician. In short, this is a wonderful book.

Church History

Roman Cholij earned his PhD in eastern Christian studies and patristics from Oxford University and has published numerous articles on theology and canon law.

Psalmody and Prayer in the Writings of Evagrius Ponticus

  • Author: Luke Dysinger
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 254

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Evagrius Ponticus was the most prolific writer of the Christian Desert Fathers. This book is a study of his life, works, and theology. It gives particular attention to his little-studied exegetical treatises, especially the Scholia on Psalms, as well as his better-known works, in order to present a more balanced picture of Evagrius the monk.

. . .We are presented with a portrait of Evagrius far more balanced, vivid and rooted than has often been offered in the past. This is a superb piece of work.

Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Luke Dysinger is a monk of Saint Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, California and assistant professor in the department of moral theology and church history at Saint John's Seminary, Camarillo, California.

St Gregory of Nazianzus: Poemata Arcana

  • Author: Saint Gregory of Nazianzus
  • Editor: C. Moreschini
  • Translator: D. A. Sykes
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 320

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This is the first modern, scholarly edition of the poetry of Gregory of Nazianzus, one of the great fathers of the early Christian church. Accompanied by a translation, introduction, and commentary, the poems are important both for the insights they give into Gregory’s theology and for their close link to classical literature and philosophy.

This erudite commentary is a joy for specialists, to be read slowly and savored. For students it can serve as a valuable reference tool.

Church History

Saint Gregory of Nazianzus is widely considered the most accomplished rhetorical stylist of the patristic age. His significant contributions to the doctrine of the Trinity are keenly felt even today.

The Appropriation of Divine Life in Cyril of Alexandria

  • Author: Daniel A. Keating
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 328

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Cyril of Alexandria was one of the architects of Christian orthodoxy. Daniel A. Keating presents a comprehensive account of Cyril’s narrative of salvation. He offers a corrective to certain readings of Cyril and argues that Cyril presents a balanced picture of our union with Christ. The final chapter compares Cyril with Theodore of Mopsuestia, Augustine, and Leo the Great, in order to examine in brief the relationship between eastern and western accounts of salvation.

Keating’s book . . . is remarkable . . . Thus we are enabled more seriously to appreciate Byzantine theologians, . . . Keating’s fine book goes a long way to achieving such an understanding of Cyril’s significance.

Theology Today

Daniel A. Keating is assistant professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit.

The Macarian Legacy: The Place of Macarius-Symeon in the Eastern Christian Tradition

  • Author: Marcus Plested
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 304

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The Macarian writings are among the most important and influential works of the early Christian ascetic and mystical tradition. This book offers an introduction to the work of Macarius-Symeon (commonly referred to as Pseudo-Macarius), outlining the lineaments of his teaching and the historical context of his works. The book goes on to examine and re-evaluate the complex question of his relationship with the Messalian tendency and to explore the nature of his theological and spiritual legacy in the later Christian tradition.

Plested’s work does a considerable service in opening up the Macarian legacy to detailed scrutiny, and should serve to encourage scholars interested in sympathetic appraisal of the tradition to undertake a deeper exploration of its early representatives, particularly those who have received less attention to date.

The Journal of Theological Studies

Marcus Plested is principal at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, and a research associate in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge.

Christ as Mediator: A Study of the Theologies of Eusebius of Caesarea, Marcellus of Ancyra, and Athanasius of Alexandria

  • Author: Jon M. Robertson
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 256

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Jon M. Robertson presents a detailed study of a theological concept (divine mediation) that was central to the christological controversy of the early fourth century. By analyzing the views of three participants at the Council of Nicaea (325), Jon M. Robertson demonstrates the variety of perspectives in a way that questions popular approaches to the period that see the controversy as having only two sides. His analysis constitutes a new approach to the early Arian controversy, as well as showing the theological backdrop of Athanasius’ insight on Christ as mediator. It further demonstrates the contemporary relevance of the issue by giving an Athanasian critique of the modern Christology of Roger Haight.

This provocative book benefits from very clear (and oft-repeated) theses which, in some important respects, edge towards a more nuanced comprehension of the reception of Nicaea . . . Robertson’s book has much more to commend it: it is clearly written, and its presentation of Eusebian theology is interesting vivid and strong . . . a significant contribution to scholarship of the fourth century, and Robertson's reading of Eusebius in particular is vividly memorable.

Journal of Theological Studies

Jon M. Robertson was formerly professor of theology at the Seminario de las Iglesias del Pacto Evangelico in Quito, Ecuador.

The Fatherhood of God from Origen to Athanasius

  • Author: Peter Widdicombe
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 316

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The fatherhood of God has had a central, if increasingly controversial, place in Christian thinking about God. Yet, although Christians referred to God as father from the earliest days of the faith, it was not until Athanasius in the fourth century that the idea of God as father became a topic of sustained analysis. Looking at the genesis of Athanasius’ understanding of divine fatherhood against the background of Alexandrian tradition, Widdicombe demonstrates how the concept came to occupy such a prominent place in Christian theology.

A technical but eminently lucid investigation. . . . This book should be required reading for those who seek to dismiss traditional Christian language about God as Father and Son without first understanding what its classic formulations meant to those who articulated them.

Religious Studies Review

Peter Widdicombe is associate professor of religious studies at McMaster University. He has published several articles on patristics, the history of doctrine, and systematic theology.

Christology and Cosmology: Models of Divine Activity in Origen, Eusebius, and Athanasius

  • Author: J. Rebecca Lyman
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 192

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Lyman offers a fresh interpretation of the relation between Greek thought and ancient Christian theology through an analysis of three foundational and controversial thinkers: Origen, Eusebius of Caesarea, and Athanasius. As an urban teacher, civic apologist, and ascetic bishop, each of the three theologians offered a distinctive Christian response to the religious and ecclesiastical issues of the third and fourth centuries. Each cosmology and Christology reveals particular concerns about individual and social identity and salvation in the developing Christian community.

J. Rebecca Lyman is Garrett Professor Emerita of Church History at Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

Universal Salvation: Eschatology in the Thought of Gregory of Nyssa and Karl Rahner

  • Author: Morwenna Ludlow
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 320

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In this book, Morwenna Ludlow offers a fresh look at a controversial topic as she compares and assesses the arguments for universal salvation put forth by theologians Gregory of Nyssa and Karl Rahner. Ludlow looks at the origins and development of the idea of universal salvation and asks whether it is a “second tradition” within Christian theology.

Throughout, Ludlow presents difficult material in a way that is lucid, free of jargon, interesting to the specialist, and acccessible to non-specialists. . . . the overall effect is a clear, balanced and convincing presentation and exploration of ideas. This is a rich book that will be helpful not only to those interested in eschatology and the issue of universal salvation, but also to anyone wanting to get to grips with either Rahner or Gregory of Nyssa.

Reviews in Religion and Theology

Morwenna Ludlow is a senior lecturer of theology and religion at the University of Exeter.

Product Details

  • Title: Oxford Theological Monographs of the Orthodox Tradition
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Volumes: 10
  • Pages: 2,888