Gregory of Nyssa: The Minor Treatises on Trinitarian Theology and Apollinarism

Proceedings of the 11th International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa (Tübingen, 17-20 September 2008)


These proceedings present the results of the 11th International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa held in Tübingen in 2008. The Trinitarian thought of Gregory deserves special attention because of its importance for the ending of the Trinitarian controversy in the late fourth century, paving the way for the widely accepted Trinitarian theology in the fifth century. This volume (which does not include Contra Eunomium) offers a contribution to the research on Gregory's Trinitarian theology as it is present notably in his so-called minor treatises. It provides a German translation of Ad Eustathium, Ad Graecos, Ad Ablabium, Ad Simplicium, Adversus Macedonianos, and De deitate filii. Detailed analysis of each treatise is accompanied by supporting studies on related theological and philosophical themes, followed by contributions which take into consideration the link between Gregory's Trinitarian thought and the christological question (In illud tunc et ipse filius, the anti-Apollinarist works).

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Volker Henning Drecoll, Dr. theol (1996), Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Ephorus of the Evangelisches Stift Tübingen, is Professor of Church History at the Evangelisch-theologische Fakultät Tübingen. He has published on Greek Theology of the fourth century AD, especially on Basil of Cesarea and Gregory of Nyssa.

Margitta Berghaus studied Theology and Classics at the Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster and at the Università di Bologna. She is an assistant lecturer for Patristic studies at the Evangelisch-theologische Fakultät Tübingen.
...riche ensemble...

Pierre Maraval, Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique 2012

Para concluir puede decirse que el Prof. Drecoll añade con este volumen a sus ya numerosas publicaciones el resultado valioso de un gran trabajo conjunto, que contribuye, sin duda, al redescubri-miento de las obras dogmáticas menores de Gregorio de Nisa.

Miguel Brugarolas, Augustinianum 54, 2014

...les actes du 11e colloque consacré à l’oeuvre de Grégoire de Nysse renouvellent substantiellement notre connaissance de sa théologie trinitaire – la traduction donnée par H. Drecoll en constituant une base solide.

F. Vinel, Revue d'Histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses 2012, 92
Part One: Translations

Volker Henning Drecoll
I.1 Ad Eustathium, De sancta trinitate (GNO III/1, 3–16 Müller)
I.2 Ad Graecos, Ex communibus notionibus (GNO III/1, 19–33 Müller)
I.3 Ad Ablabium, Quod non sint tres dii (GNO III/1, 37–57 Müller)
I.4 Ad Simplicium, De fide (GNO III/1, 61–67 Müller)
I.5 Adversus Macedonianos, De spiritu sancto (GNO III/1, 89–115 Müller)
I.6 De deitate filii et spiritus sancti et In Abraham (GNO X/2, 117–144 Rhein)

Part Two: Detailed Analysis of the Minor Treatises on Trinitarian Theology

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz, Ad Eusta thium de sancta trinitate;
Johan Leemans, Logic and the Trinity: Introducing Text and Context of Gregory of Nyssa’s Ad Graecos ;
Lenka Karfíková, Ad Ablabium, Quod non sint tres dei;
Ari Ojell, Gregory on the Christocentric Simplicity of the Trinitarian Worship: The Contribution of Gregory of Nyssa’s Short Treatise Ad Simplicium tribunum ;
Giulio Maspero, The Fire, the Kingdom and the Glory: The Creator Spirit and the Intra-Trinitarian Processions in the Adversus Macedonianos of Gregory of Nyssa;
Matthieu Cassin, De deitate filii et spiritus sancto et In Abraham.

Part Three: Supporting Studies

III.1 Theological and Philosophical Themes
Marcello La Matina, God is not the name of God. Some Remarks on Language and Philosophy in Gregory’s Opera dogmatica minora;
Francisco Bastitta Harriet, Human Communion and Difference in Gregory of Nyssa: From Trinitarian Theology to the Philosophy of Human Person and Free Decision;
Joseph S. O’Leary, Gregory’s Metaphysical Investments;
Vladimir Cvetkovic, St Gregory’s argument concerning the lack of διάστημα in the divine activities from Ad Ablabium;
Georgios D. Panagopoulos, Die Vermittlung des Sohnes beim ewigen Ausgang des Heiligen Geistes aus dem Vater nach Gregor von Nyssas Ad Ablabium (GNO III/1, 55,21–56,10 Müller);
George Arabatzis, Power, Motion and Time in Gregory of Nyssa’s Contra fatum.

III.2 In illud: Tunc et ipse filius
Morwenna Ludlow, In illud: Tunc et ipse filius;
Judit D. Tóth, Interpretation and Argumentation in In illud:Tunc et ipse filius;
Ilaria Ramelli, Gregory of Nyssa’s Trinitarian Theology in In Illud:Tunc et ipse filius. His Polemic against “Arian” Subordinationism and the ἀποκατάστασις.

III.3 The Debate with Apollinaris
Silke-Petra Bergjan, Anti-arianische Argumente gegen Apollinarios. Gregor von Nyssa in der Auseinandersetzung mit Apollinarios in Antirrheticus adversus Apolinarium;
Alessandro Capone, La polemica apollinarista alla fine del IV secolo: La lettera di Gregorio di Nissa a Teofilo di Alessandria ;
Benjamin Gleede, Der eine Christus vor, in und nach dem Fleisch—Einige Überlegungen zu Gregor von Nyssas Ad Theophilum adversus Apollinaristas;
Hélène Grelier, Comment décrire l’humanité du Christ sans introduire une quaternité en Dieu? La controverse de Grégoire de Nysse contre Apolinaire de Laodicée
Georgios Lekkas, Gregory of Nyssa’s refutation of the pre-ensoulment of God the Word in his Antirrheticus adversus Apolinarium.

III.4 Reception
Anna M. Silvas, In Search of the Latin Translator of Gregory of Nyssa’s Letter to the Monk Philip;
Tina Dolidze/Ekvtime (Tamaz) Kochlamazashvili, Old Georgian Translations of Gregory of Nyssa’s Works;
Lara Sels, The Slav Reception of Gregory of Nyssa’s Works: An Overview of Early Slavonic Translations;
Theodoros Alexopoulos, Die Berufung der byzantinischen Filioquisten des 13. Jahrhunderts auf Gregor von Nyssa zur Begründung des filioque. Analyse eines Zitats aus Ad Ablabium (τὸ μὲν γὰρ προσεχῶς ἐκ τοῦ πρώτου, τὸ δὲ διὰ τοῦ προσεχῶς ἐκ τοῦ πρώτου);
Scot Douglass, The Trinity and Textuality or Der Ursprung des Textwerkes.

All those who are interested in theology and Church history, especially in Patristic studies, in the history of Christian thought, Christian philosophy and in late antique literature in general.
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