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Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa
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Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa: An Anagogical Approach

Hans Boersma


Embodiment in the theology of Gregory of Nyssa is a much-debated topic. Boersma argues that this-worldly realities of time and space—which include embodiment—are not the focus of Gregory’s theology. Instead, embodiment plays a distinctly subordinate role. The key to his theology, argues Boersma, is anagogy—going upward in order to participate in the life of God. This book looks at a variety of topics connected to embodiment in Gregory’s thought: time and space; allegory; gender, sexuality, and virginity; death and mourning; slavery, homelessness, and poverty; and the church as the body of Chri ... More

Keywords: gregory of nyssa, allegory, body, virtue, anagogy, gender, virginity, death, slavery, poverty, church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199641123
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hans Boersma, author
J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada

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