The Glory of the Spirit in Gregory of Nyssa’s Adversus Macedonianos

Commentary and Systematic-Theological Synthesis


In his commentary on Gregory of Nyssa’s Adversus Macedonianos, Piet Hein Hupsch highlights the carefully composed structure of this work and the important connection between its theological, rhetorical and stylistic elements. In his capacity of arbiter fidei, which was bestowed upon him by the Council of Constantinople in 381, Bishop Gregory wrote this circular letter in the form of a counteraccusation against the Pneumatomachi, developing his Trinitarian theology of adoration in which the Spirit occupies a central role.

In a systematic-theological synthesis of this work, Hupsch shows how the Spirit draws baptised human beings and human language into the relatio of the three divine persons, the dynamic circle of divine glory of which the Spirit is the personification.

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Piet Hein Hupsch (1949) studied Classics (1973) and Theology (2011) and holds a PhD in Theology (2018, KU Leuven). He was principal of Mendel College, Haarlem (1982-2007), is a member of the Dutch Centre for the Study of Early Christianity and a researcher at KU Leuven.
...If one were to think of a definitive work on Gregory of Nyssa’s Adversus Macedonianos, Piet Hein Hupsch’s monograph comes very close. Certainly those who wish to approach this work of the bishop of Nyssa will have to consult this masterly research....In extreme synthesis, this volume, which also includes excellent indexes and a comprehensive bibliography, brings together, as is rarely the case, attention to both text and thought, both analysis and synthesis, and both a diachronic and synchronic approach. For this reason, it can be considered exemplary both in content and form.
Giulio Maspero, Journal of Ancient Christianity, 2022
Preface and Acknowledgments

Part 1 Introduction

1 General Introduction
 1 The Fourth Century
 2 Adversus Macedonianos
 3 Gregory of Nyssa
 4 The Status Quaestionis of the Work: The Issues
 5 Plan
 6 Gregory’s Adversus Macedonianos and Its Context
 7 The Textual Tradition of Adversus Macedonianos
 8 The Attribution of Adversus Macedonianos to Gregory of Nyssa
 9 The Dating of Adversus Macedonianos
 10 What Was Gregory’s Intended Audience? What Was His Purpose? To What Genre Does This Work Belong?
 11 The Composition of Adversus Macedonianos
 12 The Core of Adversus Macedonianos

Part 2 Commentary

2 Commentary
 1 Introduction
 2 The Accusation against Gregory
 3 The Answer of Gregory: The Introduction
 4 The First Answer of Gregory
 5 The Second Answer of Gregory
 6 The Third Answer of Gregory
 7 The Fourth Answer of Gregory
 8 The Conclusion

Part 3 Synthesis

3 The Holy Spirit Is the Spirit of the Father’s Power
 1 The Knowability of the Spirit
 2 The Divinity of the Spirit and Humankind
 3 The Spirit, Like the Father and the Son, Is Deserving of Adoration

4 The Trinitarian Theology of Adoration
 1 Human Beings Cannot Add Anything to the Honour of the Triune Godhead
 2 God’s Power Sets People on Their Way to God. Human Beings’ Free Gratitude Is Their Response
 3 Acknowledgement of the Spirit’s homotimia Is Required for True Adoration
 4 Human Beings Give God All Possible Honour by Offering Him Their προαίρεσις
 5 The True Adoration of God Is Inclusion in the Life of the Triune Godhead

5 From Speaking by God through Speaking about God to Worship of the Triune Godhead
 1 Theo-logia as Speaking by God
 2 Theology as Speaking about God
 3 Doxology as Speaking to God

6 Conclusion: Gregory’s Theology of the Spirit Casts Light on Contemporary Trinitarian Theology
 1 Rediscovering the Spirit
 2 Gregory Casts Light on Contemporary Trinitarian Theology

7 Summary

All interested in the connection between theology and rhetoric, all patristics scholars, systematic theologians, scholars of late Antiquity.
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