This unique volume examines the life and thought of Basil of Caesarea. Stephen M. Hildebrand brings together a lengthy introduction to his life and thought with a selection of extracts from his diverse works in new translations, with each extract accompanied by an introduction and notes. This format allows students to better understand this significant figure in the Early Church by providing an accessible representative selection of his works in one concise volume, making this an invaluable resource for students of Early Christianity.
Stephen M. Hildebrand is Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, USA.
Acknowledgements Preface Abbreviations Part 1: Introduction Chapter 1: Life and Times Background and Early Life The Ascetic Turn Episcopate Further Reading Chapter 2: Vision Scripture The Physical World The Human Person The Moral and Ascetic Life God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Further Reading Part 2: Texts Chapter 3: Churchman and Statesman Section 1: Suffragan Bishops and Presbyters Section 2: Engagement with a Wider Circle of Bishops Section 3: Patronage Section 4: Canons Section 5: Consolation Chapter 4: Preacher First Homily on Creation First Homily on the Creation of Man Homily on Psalm 59 Homily on "I will tear down my barns" Homily on the Martyr Julitta Chapter 5: Polemicist Ep. 9, To Maximus the Philosopher Ep. 261, To the Sozopolitans (against Apollinaris) Excerpts from Against Eunomius Excerpts from On the Holy Spiriit Chapter 6: Ascetic Section 1: Letters Section 2: Excerpts from the Small Asceticon and the Great Asceticon Chapter 7: Excerpts from To Young Men on How They Would Profit from Greek Literature Bibliography Index