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Gregory of Nyssa's Eschatology in Context

Morwenna Ludlow

in Universal Salvation

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270225
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600661 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198270224.003.0002

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

 Gregory of Nyssa's Eschatology in Context

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This chapter sets out what we know of Gregory of Nyssa's life and of his philosophical influences. It examines Gregory's theological method, especially his interpretation of Scripture (hermeneutics), and his ‘mysticism’. It gives a brief summary of earlier patristic eschatology, particularly in the thought of Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Methodius of Olympus, Basil of Caesarea, and Gregory of Nazianzus. Finally, it gives a philological analysis of the Greek term ‘apokatastasis’, which is often used to mean universal salvation.

Keywords: apokatastasis; eschatology; Gregory of Nyssa; hermeneutics; interpretation of Scripture; life; method; mysticism; Origen; philosophy

Chapter.  10578 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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