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Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of GodIn Your Light We Shall See Light$
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Christopher A. Beeley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313970

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313970.001.0001

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 The Holy Spirit

 The Holy Spirit

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(p.153) 3 The Holy Spirit
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Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God
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Gregory A. Beeley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313970.003.0004

The central chapter of the book evaluates Gregory's distinctive doctrine of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit's role in the work of Christian theology, focusing on the soteriological character of Gregory's Pneumatology in distinction from that of his Christology. It traces the development of Gregory's doctrine of the Spirit from his early episcopal sermons to the climax of his work in Constantinople and provides a new reading of the structure and argumentation of his monumental Oration 31 On the Holy Spirit, which is aimed at both the Eunomians and Pneumatomachians. At the heart of the matter is Gregory's account of the full divinity of the Spirit in light of the Bible's silence at the literal level—an argument that involves tracing the sequence of Trinitarian revelation through the covenants and the age of the Church, the direct proof of the Spirit's divinity from baptismal divinization, and Gregory's subsequent exegesis of the Spirit “according to the Spirit.” In conclusion, the chapter identifies the Spirit's central epistemic function for all theology and Gregory's literary rhetoric of piety, which frames and unifies the Theological Orations as a series.

Keywords:   Holy Spirit, divinity of the Holy Spirit, Oration 31, Pneumatomachians, procession of the Holy Spirit, Bible, revelation, covenants, baptismal divinization, spiritual exegesis, hermeneutic of piety

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