The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition  -     By: Norman Russell
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The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition

Oxford University Press / 2005 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9.50 X 6.32 X 1.12 (inches)
ISBN: 0199265216
ISBN-13: 9780199265213
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Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

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Deification in the Greek patristic tradition was the fulfillment of the destiny for which humanity was created - not merely salvation from sin but entry into the fullness of the divine life of the Trinity. This book, the first on the subject for over sixty years, traces the history of deification from its birth as a second-century metaphor with biblical roots to its maturity as a doctrine central to the spiritual life of the Byzantine Church. Drawing attention to the richness and diversity of the patristic approaches from Irenaeus to Maximus the Confessor, Norman Russell offers a full discussion of the background and context of the doctrine, at the same time highlighting its distinctively Christian character.

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Norman Russell was formerly Vice-Provost of the London Oratory and is now an independent scholar.

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"This book will be recognized as the oustanding study of its subject. Essential."--Choice


"The volume is rich in insight and masterfully detailed in treatment. ...Libraries in universities and seminaries should unquestionably add this volume to their collection: It will be the standard treatment of the topic for years to come."
--Calvin Theological Journal


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