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The Trinitarian Theology of Basil of Caesarea: A Synthesis of Greek Thought and Biblical Truth
Hildebrand, Stephen†M.

Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2007 pp. xiv + 254. $59.95

Description: Basil of Caesarea, the Great, has drawn the admiration of many for centuries. This book explores Basilís Trinitarian thought as the meeting place of the worlds within which he lived, that of ancient Greek culture and learning, and that of Christian faith lived in the liturgy and expressed in the Scripture. His work as a bishop, theologian, and preacher was in large part an effort to make these two worlds one. In spite of his enduring insistence upon the transcendence and simplicity of God, Basil developed a precise Trinitarian vocabulary, which he thought effectively refuted two basic errors in thinking about God: the denial of the divinity of the Son and the Spirit; and the denial of their true and real distinction from the Father. He maintained that the right thinking about God is more than just the right use of words; it is also the right interpretation of the Word, the Scriptures. This book also, then, seeks to explain the scriptural foundations of Basilís Trinitarian theology, which themselves testify to his artful synthesis of Greek culture and Christian truth.

Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology

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Review by Mark Weedman
Published 12/15/2007
Citation: Mark Weedman, review of Stephen M. Hildebrand, The Trinitarian Theology of Basil of Caesarea: A Synthesis of Greek Thought and Biblical Truth, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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