Theodoret's theologian: assessing the origin and significance of Gregory of Nazianzus’ title

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Abstract

This study addresses the lack of critical analysis on Gregory of Nazianzus’ title of ‘the Theologian’. In doing so it addresses two areas: the origin of the title in the Address to Marcian, and the significance of its attribution to Gregory by Theodoret of Cyrrhus. Alongside Theodoret, this study takes account of a range of usages in Christian and non-Christian authors in order to argue that the title was attributed to Gregory as part of a pre-existing Christian response encompassing Moses, John and the prophets and pagan theologians such as Orpheus and Homer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-471
JournalJournal of Ecclesiastical History
Volume70
Issue number3
Early online date9 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Divinity
  • Theology
  • Historical Theology
  • Patristics

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