Gregory of Nyssa: In Canticum Canticorum

Analytical and Supporting Studies. Proceedings of the 13th International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa (Rome, 17-20 September 2014)


Taken together, Gregory of Nyssa’s XV Homilies In Canticum Canticorum are at the same time – as if in unison – a work of spiritual, exegetical, and theological doctrine. The wide spectrum of the themes present in them have prompted a great interest in this work, not only among scholars of patristics or theology, but also among those interested in biblical interpretation, ancient rhetoric or Christian mystical doctrine. These Proceedings present the results of the 13th International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa (Rome, 17-20 September 2014): a systematic commentary of Gregory’s In Canticum from a broad perspective in the form of sixteen papers and a selection of fourteen short essays devoted to various issues that represent a valuable set of supporting studies.

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Giulio Maspero, Ph.D. (1999, 2003) in Physics (University of Milan, Italy) and in Theology (University of Navarra, Spain) is Professor of Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome). He has published extensively on Gregory of Nyssa. Miguel Brugarolas, Ph.D. (2011) in Theology (University of Navarra, Spain) is currently Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Navarra. He has published on Gregory of Nyssa’s Trinitarian theology and Christology. Ilaria Vigorelli, Ph.D. (2008, 2018) in Philosophy (University of Calabria, Italy) and in Theology (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Italy) is teaching Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. She has published on Postmodernism and Patristics.
Preface List of Conference Participants

Part 1 Systematic Approach to the In Canticum

The In Canticum in Gregory’s Theology: Introduction and GliederungGiulio Maspero
Struttura, funzione e genere letterario delle Omelie sul Cantico dei CanticiClaudio Moreschini
D’ Origène à l’ édition de 1615 : sources et postérités des Homélies sur le Cantique de Grégoire de NysseMatthieu Cassin
Gregor von Nyssa in der Vorgeschichte des byzantinischen BilderstreitesReinhart Staats
Gregorio di Nissa interprete del Cantico dei CanticiManlio Simonetti (†)
The Exegesis of the Song of Songs: a New Type of MetaphysicsTheo Kobusch
Dew on the Locks of the Beloved: the In Canticum Canticorum on Faith and KnowledgeMartin Laird, O.S.A.
Spuren von Trinitätstheologie in den Hoheliedhomilien Gregors von NyssaVolker Henning Drecoll
The Incarnate Logos: Gregory of Nyssa’s In Canticum Canticorum Christological CoreMiguel Brugarolas
From First Fruits to the Whole Lump: the Redemption of Human Nature in Gregory’s Commentary on the Song of SongsJohannes Zachhuber
Theology of Baptism in the In Canticum Canticorum of Gregory of NyssaEverett Ferguson
The Metaphor of the Mirror in Platonic Tradition and Gregory’s Homilies on the Song of SongsLenka Karfíková
The Rhetoric of Landscape in Gregory of Nyssa’s Homilies on the Song of SongsMorwenna Ludlow
Apokatastasis and Epektasis in Cant and OrigenIlaria Ramelli
Becoming Men, Not Stones: Epektasis in Gregory of Nyssa’s Homilies on the Song of SongsJ. Warren Smith
Gregory of Nyssa on Spiritual Ascent and Trinitarian Orthodoxy: a Reconsideration of the Relation between Doctrine and AskesisSarah Coakley

Part 2 Supporting Studies

Der Zugang mittels „Spuren und Funken“ zum Unzugänglichen und die radikale Begrenztheit eines Analogieschlusses von der Oikonomia auf die Theologia beim Hl. Gregor von NyssaTheodoros Alexopoulos
“If You Do Not Know Yourself, Beautiful amongst Women …”: Human Greatness in Gregory of Nyssa and Its Influence on the QuattrocentoFrancisco Bastitta Harriet
“The Royal Bed”: Gregory of Nyssa’s Platonic Reading of the Song of SongsConstantine Bozinis
The Metapoetics of ΜεταποίησιςScot Douglass
“Quel divino e puro amore dello sposo invisibile”: Gregorio di Nissa, la Vita di Macrina e le Omelie sul Cantico dei CanticiRoberta Franchi
Die Zunahme der Parrhesie in der Auslegung von Hohelied 5,7 durch Gregor von NyssaPiet Hein Hupsch
La tríada yegua – amiga – hija y la estructura de los libros IIIIV del comentario niseno al CantarManuel Mira
The Divine Names and Their Use in Gregory of Nyssa’s In Canticum CanticorumGeorgios D. Panagopoulos
“The Bridegroom Descended to His Garden and the Garden Blossomed Again”: Images of the Incarnation in the Homilies on the Song of Songs by Gregory of NyssaHelena Panczová
The Multiform Wisdom of God, Apophasis and the Church in Gregory of Nyssa’s Reading of Rom 1.20 in Cant XIIIJohannes Aakjær Steenbuch
Mixture, Beauty, and the Incarnation in Gregory’s In Canticum CanticorumLuke Steven
Gregory of Nyssa on Bodily and Spiritual Pleasure in In Canticum CanticorumSiiri Toiviainen
Ontology and Existence: Schésis of the Soul in Gregory of Nyssa’s In Canticum CanticorumIlaria Vigorelli
Pursuing God: The Role of Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa’s Homilies on the Song of SongsMartin C. Wenzel
Appendix: Reinhart Staats’ Morning prayer (Church of Agostino, Rome 17th September 2014) Indices
All those interested in Patristics, Biblical Studies, History of Christian thought, Theology, Ancient Philosophy or Late Antiquity Literature.
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