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The East From Valens To Theodosius

Lewis Ayres

in Nicaea and its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780198755067
eISBN:
9780191602788
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198755066.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Begins by considering Basil’s theological work against the background of his attempts at alliance-building in Asia Minor, in the eastern provinces, and with the West. Often, Basil faced constant ... More


The Macarian Writings and their Historical Context

Marcus Plested

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

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199267798
eISBN:
9780191602139
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199267790.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter explores the historical context of the Macarian writings: their authorship, location, and date. It also outlines the physical shape of the Macarian corpus: the principal forms of the ... More


The saints’ inactivity post mortem: Soul sleep and the cult of saints east of the Euphrates

Matthew Dal Santo

in Debating the Saints’ Cult in the Age of Gregory the Great

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199646791
eISBN:
9780199949939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646791.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter argues that the anxieties about the propriety and plausibility of the saints’ cult visible in the Latin and Greek material discussed in earlier chapters was also present east of the ... More


Excavating the Bible

Fergus Millar

in Religion, Language and Community in the Roman Near East: Constantine to Muhammad

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780197265574
eISBN:
9780191760396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265574.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter examines the pronounced variations in the expression of biblical monotheism found in commentaries written in the Roman Near East during the fourth and fifth centuries. In particular, it ... More


Isaac of Nineveh's Ascetical Eschatology

Jason Scully

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198803584
eISBN:
9780191842009
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803584.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book demonstrates that Isaac’s eschatology is an original synthesis based on ideas garnered from a distinctively Syriac cultural milieu. This cultural milieu includes ideas adapted from Syriac ... More


Rereading Nisibis: Narrating the Battle for Roman Mesopotamia

Kyle Smith

in Constantine and the Captive Christians of Persia: Martyrdom and Religious Identity in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520289604
eISBN:
9780520964204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520289604.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines contemporary observers' interpretation of the battle for Roman Mesopotamia, including the city of Nisibis. Following Constantine's death, Shapur II's armies began attacking ... More


Hymnody, Heresy, and Doctrinal Identity

Brian P. Dunkle, SJ

in Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198788225
eISBN:
9780191830181
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198788225.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

This is a brief review of the origins and aims of Christian hymnody. Treating the biblical sources, especially the psalms, of Christian song in worship and the classical influences on learned ... More


In Pursuit of Divine Knowledge: Patristic Sources of Philoxenos’ Theological Epistemology

David A. Michelson

in The Practical Christology of Philoxenos of Mabbug

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198722960
eISBN:
9780191789595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722960.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

For Philoxenos, the ultimate aim of both his own Christological polemics and of the larger divine oikonomia of the Incarnation were the same—to enable human knowledge of the Divine. Because attaining ... More


Proof Texts for the Ineffable: On Knowing Christ through Scripture

David A. Michelson

in The Practical Christology of Philoxenos of Mabbug

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198722960
eISBN:
9780191789595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722960.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

For Philoxenos, the scriptures performed an essential task in transmitting the mystery of the Incarnation to the faithful. For this mystagogical function to succeed, scripture had to be received in ... More


“Though He cannot be eaten, we consume Him”: Christological Threats to Liturgical Practice

David A. Michelson

in The Practical Christology of Philoxenos of Mabbug

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198722960
eISBN:
9780191789595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722960.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

This chapter demonstrates how Philoxenos appealed to liturgical practice to ground his Christological polemics. He argued that speculative dyophysite Christology was an irrelevant and unnecessary ... More


Homilies as Tools for Teaching Theology

Philip Michael Forness

in Preaching Christology in the Roman Near East: A Study of Jacob of Serugh

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198826453
eISBN:
9780191865916
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198826453.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter analyzes how Jacob of Serugh communicates Christology within the poetic restraints and oral context of his homilies. He preached his Homily on the Faith in an educational setting and ... More


Struck by Wood, Struck by God: Virginity Beyond/Despite Anatomy

Michael Rosenberg

in Signs of Virginity: Testing Virgins and Making Men in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780190845896
eISBN:
9780190845926
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190845896.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Judaism

Two second-century works—one Christian, one Rabbinic—reflect anxiety about strictly anatomical definitions of virginity. The Protevangelium of James, even as it extols Mary’s physical virginity, ... More


The Syriac Sources for Isaac of Nineveh’s Development of Wonder and Astonishment

Jason Scully

in Isaac of Nineveh's Ascetical Eschatology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198803584
eISBN:
9780191842009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803584.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter shows that Isaac derives his conceptual framework for the concept of ecstasy, along with the technical terms wonder and astonishment, from sources that were originally written in Syriac. ... More


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