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Oxford Theological Monographs on Patristics (5 vols.)
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Oxford Theological Monographs on Patristics (5 vols.)

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Oxford University Press 1992–2009

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These groundbreaking volumes from the Oxford Theological Monographs series offer new research and fresh perspectives on some of the most important figures of the patristic era—Augustine, Origen, Athanasius, Leo the Great, and their relationship to significant contemporaries. Deepen your understanding of Augustine’s massive importance and creative genius as the church’s Doctor Gratia. Trace the theological development of Leo the Great in the context of the Nestorian controversy of the early church. Study the history of the Arian heresy according to Athanasius, and consider the patristic exegesis of Origen’s commentary and homilies on the Song of Songs.

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Key Features

  • Integration of historical and theological analysis
  • Extensive primary-source research
  • Synthesis and analysis of past and contemporary scholarship

Individual Titles

The Theological Epistemology of Augustine’s De Trinitate

  • Author: Luigi Gioia
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 368

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Luigi Gioia provides a fresh description and analysis of Augustine’s monumental treatise, De Trinitate, through a supposition of its unity and coherence from structural, rhetorical, and theological points of view. The main topics of the treatise are reviewed: Scripture and the mystery of the Trinity; Arian logical and ontological categories; comparison between the process of knowledge and formal aspects of the confession of the mystery of the Trinity; and an account of the so called “psychological analogies.” These topics have both an instructive and polemical function.

The cohesion and coherence of the treatise become apparent especially when its description focuses on a truly theological understanding of knowledge of God: Augustine leads the reader to the vision and enjoyment of God the Trinity, in whose image we are created. This mystagogical aspect of the rhetoric of De Trinitate is unfolded through Christology, soteriology, pneumatology, and the doctrine of revelation. At the same time, from the vantage point of love, Augustine detects and powerfully depicts the epistemological consequences of human sinfulness, thus unmasking the fundamental deficiency of received theories of knowledge. Only love restores knowledge and enables philosophers to yield to the injunction that resumes the philosophical enterprise—“know thyself.”

Luigi Gioia, OSB, attended Christ Church at Oxford University and is the director of studies at the Abbey of Maylis.

Beauty and Revelation in the Thought of Saint Augustine

  • Author: Carol Harrison
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 304

This book places Augustine’s theology in a new and illuminating context by considering what he has to say about beauty. It demonstrates how a theological understanding of beauty revealed in the created, temporal realm enabled Augustine to form a positive appreciation of the creation and the healing power within it. As a result, this text reintroduces aesthetics as a fundamental part of philosophy and ethics in Augustine’s treatment of God. Unlike previous works, it shifts the emphasis away from Augustine’s early and most theoretical treatises to his mature reflection as a bishop and pastor on how God communicates with fallen man. Using his theory of language as a paradigm, it shows how divine beauty, revealed in creation and history, serves to inspire fallen man’s faith, hope, and most especially his love, thereby reforming him and restoring the form and beauty he had lost.

Carol Harrison is lecturer in the history and theology of the Latin West at Durham University.

The Soteriology of Leo the Great

  • Author: Bernard Green
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 288

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Leo the Great (d. 461) was the beneficiary of the consolidation of papal power in, and the Christianization of, Rome. In this carefully nuanced study, Bernard Green demonstrates the influences at work on this celebrated pope’s theological development, including two of the most renowned theological thinkers of the period, Ambrose of Milan and Augustine of Hippo. Green charts Leo’s theological journey from his first encounters with the Pelagian and Nestorian controversies, where he engaged Cassian as an advisor, but misunderstood the weaknesses in Nestorius’ thought.

The study then examines Leo’s recently dated sermons and reveals the evolution of his thought as he worked out a soteriology that gave full value to both the divinity and humanity of Christ, especially in reaction to Manichaeism. In the crisis that led to Chalcedon, Leo’s earlier misunderstanding of Nestorius affected the content of his Tome, which contrasted the Christology and soteriology he had developed in his earlier preaching. Green persuasively concludes that its emphasis on the distinction of the two natures was an uncharacteristic attempt to respond to both Eutyches and Nestorius, as this pope understood them. In the light of Chalcedon, Leo produced a revised statement of Christology, the Letter to the Palestinian monks, which is both more accomplished and better aligned with his characteristic thought.

Bernard Green (1953–2013) was an English Catholic priest, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, and historian. He earned his BA and MA in history from Oxford, his MPhil from Cambridge, and DPhil in theology form Oxford. He was appointed fellow, director of studies, and tutor in theology at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford; research fellow and senior member of Campion Hall, Oxford; and tutor at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

The Eusebians: The Polemic of Athanasius of Alexandria and the Construction of the ‘Arian Controversy’

  • Author: David M. Gwynn
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 294

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This volume presents a historical and theological reevaluation of the polemical writings of Athanasius of Alexandria, who would become known to later Christian generations as a champion of orthodoxy and the defender of the Nicene Creed against the Arian heresy. However, David Gwynn argues that, despite Athanasius’ influence on modern interpretations of the fourth-century Church and the so-called “Arian controversy,” he was an extremely controversial figure and his writings display bias and distortion. Gwynn offers a detailed examination of Athanasius’ polemic and his construction of those he condemned as “Arian” into a single heretical party, “the Eusebians.” Gwynn presents the case that Athanasius’ image of the church polarized between his own “orthodoxy” and the “Arianism” of the “Eusebians.” The result, Gwynn argues, is a polemical construct that has seriously impaired our knowledge of the development of Christianity in the crucial period when the Later Roman Empire became ever increasingly Christian.

Gwynn reviews much current scholarship surrounding these familiar texts and figures, which makes his book an important resource for Athanasius and the fourth century.

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David M. Gwynn is junior research fellow of Christ Church at Oxford University.

Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of Scripture: The Bridegroom’s Perfect Marriage-Song

  • Author: J. Christopher King
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 304

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Christian exegesis of the Song of Songs has long interacted creatively with—and, more recently, reacted critically against—the allegorical interpretation developed by Origen in his commentary and two homilies on the Song of Songs. Interest in Origen’s exegesis of the Song’s narrative elements has dominated past scholarship, which has almost entirely ignored how Origen assesses the Song itself, in its unity as a revealed text. This study aims to show that—when read in light of Origen’s hermeneutic, his nuptial theology, his understanding of the prophetic mediation of inspired texts, and his doctrine of last things—Origen clearly portrays the Song of Songs itself as the divine Bridegroom’s perfect marriage-song. As such, it mediates Christ’s eschatological presence, as the “spirit” of Scripture in and through the intelligible structures of the text itself.

J. Christopher King is a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real and currently resides in New York City.

Product Details

  • Title: Oxford Theological Monographs on Patristics (5 vols.)
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,558