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The Comforter

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2004 / Paperback

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Sergius Bulgakov is widely considered to be the twentieth century's foremost Orthodox theologian, and his book The Comforter is the most comprehensive and profound book about the Holy Spirit ever written by a Russian theologian--perhaps by anyone anywhere. Bulgakov explores all aspects of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in encyclopedic fashion, both as they are viewed in the Orthodox tradition and throughout church history. The book has sections on the development of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in early Christianity and on the development of the doctrine of procession in the patristic and later Byzantine periods. It also touches on the place of the Holy Spirit in the Trinity and explores Old and New Testament notions of the Spirit of God. A concluding chapter deals with the mystical revelation of the Holy Spirit.

An important virtue of The Comforter is Bulgakov's treatment of the filioque question. In fact, his discussion of this question may be the most important modern contribution to filioque studies from the Orthodox perspective. Examining the writings of the chief theoreticians on both sides of the dispute, Bulgakov finds that each side is wrong in its own way. He concludes that the filioque question is not an insuperable obstacle to the reunification of the churches. Finally available in English through the work of Boris Jakim, today's foremost translator of Russian theology and philosophy into English, The Comforter is a major publishing event.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 080282112X
ISBN-13: 9780802821126
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Publisher's Description

Sergius Bulgakov is widely considered to be the twentieth century's foremost Orthodox theologian, and his book The Comforter is an utterly comprehensive and profound study of the Holy Spirit.

Encyclopedic in scope, The Comforter explores all aspects of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, as they are viewed in the Orthodox tradition and throughout church history. The book has sections on the development of the doctrine of the Spirit in early Christianity and on the development of the doctrine of procession in the patristic and later Byzantine periods. It also touches on the place of the Holy Spirit in the Trinity and explores Old and New Testament notions of the Spirit of God. A concluding chapter deals with the mystical revelation of the Holy Spirit. Made available in English through the work of Boris Jakim, today's premier translator of Russian theology and philosophy into English, Bulgakov's Comforter in this edition is a major publishing event.

Author Bio

Sergius Bulgakov (1871-1944) is widely regarded as the twentieth century's leading Orthodox theologian.
Boris Jakim is the foremost translator of Russian religiousthought into English. His published translations includeworks by S.L. Frank, Pavel Florensky, Vladimir Solovyov,and Sergius Bulgakov.

Editorial Reviews

Paul Valliere
"The doctrine of the Holy Spirit has traditionally been the weak link in trinitarian theology. Of the attempts by modern theologians to remedy this deficiency, Sergius Bulgakov's The Comforter is the most magisterial and, arguably, the most interesting. The book exemplifies the dazzling synthesis of patristic theology, ecclesiastical piety, and modern intellectuality that is Bulgakov's signature.The Comforter is the most satisfying of the three volumes of Bulgakov's dogmatic trilogy On Divine Humanity — smoother than The Lamb of God, more integrated than The Bride of the Lamb. It is Bulgakov at his best. In this translation the indefatigable Boris Jakim has also given us his best. It will be a long time before Russian theology finds an English-speaking interpreter as faithful and skilled as Jakim."

David Bentley Hart
"Sergius Bulgakov was among the most original and brilliant of twentieth-century theologians — and among the most controversial. We still have much to learn from him and about him, and Boris Jakim's translations of his major theological works are a marvelous gift to English-speaking theologians. This edition of Bulgakov's learned, profound, and very lovely treatise on the Holy Spirit is especially welcome and especially illuminating."

Robert Bird
"In The Comforter Sergius Bulgakov moves from a rigorous analysis of Christian tradition concerning the Holy Spirit to a poetic myth that is both a personal confession of faith and a fertile point of departure for future theological speculation. Boris Jakim's authoritative translation makes Bulgakov's groundbreaking text available in English for the first time."

Slavic and East European Journal
"Boris Jakim has offered us an excellent and timely English translation of Sergius Bulgakov's dense treatise, The Comforter. . . The culmination of Bulgakov's dogmatic writings, this unique work has an apologetic agenda of restating Christian anthropology and Trinitarian dogma within the framework of the sophiology Bulgakov developed in earlier writings."

Pneuma
"The caliber of Bulgakov's scholarship and the brilliance of his intellectual acumen are both fully evident in The Comforter. . . His writing is steeped in devotional language and holy awe."

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