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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

St. Basil the Great

In March of next year, in an imprint from Baker Academic devoted to exegetical issues, a new book will be coming out about one of the great Fathers of the Greek East: Stephen M. Hildebrand, Basil of Caesarea (Baker Academic, March 2014), 240pp.

About this book we are told:
Fourth-century church father Basil of Caesarea was an erudite Scripture commentator, an architect of Trinitarian theology, a founder of monasticism, and a metropolitan bishop. This introduction to Basil's thought surveys his theological, spiritual, and monastic writings, showing the importance of his work for contemporary theology and spirituality. It brings together various aspects of Basil's thought into a single whole and explores his uniqueness and creativity as a theologian. The volume engages specialized scholarship on Basil but makes his thought accessible to a wider audience. It is the third book in a series on the church fathers edited by Hans Boersma and Matthew Levering.

The author is no stranger to Basil, having previously authored The Trinitarian Theology of Basil of Caesarea: A Synthesis of Greek Thought and Biblical Faith.

Hildebrand was, additionally, the translator for On the Holy Spirit: St. Basil the Great, this latter being part of the Popular Patristics series from St. Vladimir's Seminary Press. 

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