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Theophilus of Alexandria and the first Origenist controversy : rhetoric and power, Krastu Banev

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Theophilus of Alexandria and the first Origenist controversy : rhetoric and power
Title
Theophilus of Alexandria and the first Origenist controversy
Title remainder
rhetoric and power
Statement of responsibility
Krastu Banev
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Language
eng
Summary
In the age of the Theodosian dynasty and the establishment of Christianity as the only legitimate religion of the Roman Empire, few figures are more pivotal in the power politics of the Christian church than archbishop Theophilus of Alexandria (385-412). This work examines the involvement of archbishop Theophilus in the so-called First Origenist Controversy when the famed third-century Greek theologian Origen received, a century and a half after his death, a formal condemnation for heresy. Modern scholars have been successful in removing the majority of the charges which Theophilus laid on Origen as not giving a fair representation of his thought. Yet no sufficient explanation has been offered as to why what to us appears as an obvious miscarriage of justice came to be accepted, or why it was needed in the first place. Kratsu Banev offers a sustained argument for the value of a rhetorically informed methodology with which to analyse Theophilus' anti-Origenist Festal Letters. He highlights that the wide circulation and overt rhetorical composition of these letters allow for a new reading of these key documents as a form of 'mass-media' unique for its time. The discussion is built on a detailed examination of two key ingredients in the pastoral polemic of the archbishop - masterly use of late-antique rhetorical conventions, and in-depth knowledge of monastic spirituality - both of which were vital for securing the eventual acceptance of Origen's condemnation. Dr Banev's fresh approach reveals that Theophilus' campaign formed part of a consistent policy aimed at harnessing the intellectual energy of the ascetic movement to serve the wider needs of the church
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Cataloging source
NhCcYBP
Dewey number
270.2
Index
index present
LC call number
  • BR1720.T45
  • BR65.T786
LC item number
  • B36 2015eb
  • B36 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Oxford early Christian studies
Label
Theophilus of Alexandria and the first Origenist controversy : rhetoric and power, Krastu Banev
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Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • none
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Why study the first Origenist controversy again? -- Part I. Theophilus of Alexandria and the Origenist controversy. Historical background -- Theological issues -- The anti-Origenist councils of 400 -- Part II. Background for the analysis of Theophilus' rhetoric. Classical rhetoric and Christian Paideia -- Classical rhetoric : theoretical foundations -- Part III. Analysis of Theophilus' rhetoric. Rhetorical proofs from pathos, ethos, and logos -- Rhetorical proofs from liturgy and scripture -- Part IV. The monastic reception of Theophilus' rhetoric. The value of monastic sources -- The image of Theophilus in the Apophthegmata
Control code
ocn907221570
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unknown
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 online resource (x, 233 pages .)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780191793660
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b37544755
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)907221570
  • oso0191040916

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