Gregory of Nyssa: Homilies on the Our Father. An English Translation with Commentary and Supporting Studies

Proceedings of the 14th International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa (Paris, 4-7 September 2018)

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Gregory of Nyssa’s Homilies on the Our Father are the second explanation of this central prayer of Christian worship in Greek Antiquity. Composed at the end of the 4th century, these five homilies offer a spiritual and pastoral commentary of the Pater Noster. The present volume, edited by Matthieu Cassin (Paris), Hélène Grelier-Deneux (Paris) and Françoise Vinel (Strasbourg), offers introductory materials, a new English translation, the first edition of the 15th century Latin translation by Athanasios Chalkeopoulos, together with five studies that form a commentary for the different homilies, and nineteen shorter contributions on various aspects of the text. The contributors envisage the text according to exegesis and theology, but also to philosophy, rhetoric and history of Christian communities.

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Matthieu Cassin, researcher at the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (CNRS, Paris), is a specialist of Gregory of Nyssa and of the transmission of Greek Patristic Texts. He also works on Greek manuscripts and library history. He has recently published a new edition and translation of the Homilies on the Our Father of Gregory of Nyssa, together with Christian Boudignon (Sources chrétiennes 596, Paris, 2018).

Hélène Grelier-Deneux, Ph. D. (2008) in Greek Patristic, is Lecturer in Greek Literature at the University Paris Nanterre. She works on Gregory of Nyssa, exegetical traditions and religious controversies. At the moment, she is preparing a monography about Gregory of Nyssa against Apolinarius of Laodicea.

Françoise Vinel, Emeritus Professor at Strasbourg University (Faculty of Catholic Theology) is a specialist of Gregory of Nyssa and of Bible's Interpretation in Late Antiquity. She also works on La Bible d’Alexandrie, the Septuaginta French Translation. She published Gregory of Nyssa's Homilies on Eccleclesiastes (Sources chrétiennes 416) and is preparing together with Mariette Canévet Gregory’s Homilies on the Song of Songs for Sources chrétiennes.
Preface
Previous Colloquia (1969–2014)
Abbreviations
Notes on Contributors

Part 1 Introduction



Tradition néoplatonicienne et tradition chrétienne de la prière
Andrei Timotin

Les Homélies sur le Notre Père : composition, unité, visée (σκοπός)
Françoise Vinel

De la composition des Homélies sur le Notre Père à leurs lectures byzantines
Matthieu Cassin

Part 2 Translations



Introduction to the English Translation
Mark DelCogliano and Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

Gregory of Nyssa, On the Our Father
Mark DelCogliano and Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

The Latin Translation of Gregory of Nyssa’s De oratione dominica by Athanasius Chalkeopoulos
Francisco Bastitta Harriet and José Luis Narvaja sj

Gregorii Nysseni In orationem dominicam (editio princeps)
Francisco Bastitta Harriet and José Luis Narvaja sj

Part 3 Commentary of the Homilies



L’ Homélie I Sur le Notre Père de Grégoire de Nysse
Hélène Grelier-Deneux

Gregory of Nyssa, “Our Father in Heaven”: De oratione dominica, II (SC 348–384)
Lenka Karfíková

The Trinitarian Reading of the Lord’s Prayer: The Third Homily
Giulio Maspero

Homilies on the Lord’s Prayer IV: “Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven; Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”
Morwenna Ludlow

Gregor von Nyssa, De oratione dominica 5: Darstellung und Analyse
Volker Henning Drecoll

Part 4 Supporting Studies



Section 1 Thematic Studies
Les cinq Homélies sur le Notre Père de Grégoire de Nysse appartiennent-elles à la tradition ΠΕΡΙ ΕΥΧΗΣ ? Ou la magie de la première phrase
Christian Boudignon

Convergences et divergences entre interprétation du Psautier et exégèse du Notre Père
Jean Reynard

Les figures bibliques dans les Homélies sur le Notre Père de Grégoire de Nysse : comparaison avec le traité Sur la prière d’ Origène
Daniel Vigne

Preghiera e comunione con Dio: un aspetto del De oratione dominica di Gregorio di Nissa visto alla luce di Stromata VII di Clemente di Alessandria
Ilaria Vigorelli


Section 2 Specific Studies
“Thy Kingdom Come”: The Concept of the Kingdom of God in Gregory of Nyssa’s Homilies On the Lord’s Prayer
Constantinos Bozinis

La parrhêsia: parlare di Dio, parlare con Dio nelle opere di Gregorio di Nissa
Chiara Curzel

Alienation from the Reality and Substance of Hope in Gregory of Nyssa’s Homilies on the Lord’s Prayer
Scot Douglass

The Homilies on the Our Father and Gregory of Nyssa’s Interpretation of Human Free Will as the Divine Image in Man
Jonathan Farrugia


Section 3 Studies on Individual Homilies
Whose Prayer Is Mere Babbling? Gregory of Nyssa and Origen on the battologein in Matt 6:7
Ralph Hennings

The Shadow of Good Things to Come: Exodus 19–20 and Exodus 28 as Intertexts in Gregory of Nyssa’s Second and Third Homilies on the Lord’s Prayer
Judith Kovacs (†)

The Source of Our Parrhesia: Christ’s High Priestly Work in De Oratione Dominica IIIII
Warren Smith

«Dal Figlio» (De oratione dominica, III, GNO 43,1-2; SC 424,1-2)
Giovanni Manabu Akiyama

L’ unicité d’ opération chez Grégoire de Nysse : une étude d’ histoire des doctrines en marge de la troisième Homélie sur l’ oraison dominicale
Xavier Morales

L’ « Esprit du Christ » d’ après la 3e Homélie de Grégoire de Nysse sur la Prière dominicale
Michel Stavrou

La preghiera guarisce il morbo dell’anima: per un’interpretazione dell’Or. dom. IV di Gregorio Nisseno
Matteo Monfrinotti

The Bread Demanded by Nature: Gregory of Nyssa’s Interpretation of the “Daily Bread” in the Context of Greco-Roman Moral Instruction on Moderation and Excess
Siiri Toiviainen Rø

« Que ta volonté soit faite sur la terre comme au ciel » (Mt 6, 10) : L’ interprétation de Grégoire de Nysse au miroir de l’ exégèse des Pères grecs
Marie-Odile Boulnois


Section 4 Reception
L’ hymne de la prière de Grégoire de Nysse dans trois textes mis sous les noms d’ Éphrem et de Jean Chrysostome
Guillaume Bady

La antropología de Gregorio de Nisa en el Quattrocento: la traducción latina del De oratione dominica por Atanasio Chalkéopoulos y su posible recepción en Giovanni Pico
Francisco Bastitta Harriet


Biblical Index
Index of Ancient and Medieval Texts
Index of Ancient and Medieval Names
Academic readership in Patristic and History of Theology will be interested in these studies on a major text of Christian Exegesis; the English translation should be useful in Academic Libraries.