Orientalia, Clement, Origen, Athanasius, the Cappadocians, by M. Edwards, P Parvis, Hubert Young

By M. Edwards, P Parvis, Hubert Young

Contains stories on Ezekiel's imaginative and prescient and the Hekhalot Mysteries, Ephrems Theology of Humour, Melkite Canticles to the Virgin, The Procession of the Spirit in Athanasius, Origen at the Foolishness of God, Gregory of Nyssa on Human cohesion and variety, and lots of extra. Contributions in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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For Aphrahat, humility is not just an ethical virtue- it is also an intellectual virtue, because it helps the truth-seeking mind retain a receptive and flexible posture. The sense of wonder that a person experiences in an authentic encounter with God's infinite wisdom brings not only delight, but also a keener awareness of one's own limitations (Dem. 8). The experience affects behaviour. Having worked through a learned text, the wise person realizes there is no shame in acknowledging, 'Whatsoever is written is writ ten well, but I have not attained the understanding of it', since no human is capable of comprehending all truth, even if he or she had 'all the days of the world from Adam to the end of the ages'26 to study it (Dem.

179 (§ 10) it is Christ. 3. 'for Life/Salvation and for forgiveness': cf. ATh, p. 301 (§ 132), where baptism is 'of forgiveness of sins' and it 'gives birth to new human beings'. 4. 'illumines us': Christ, the Hidden Mystery represented by the oil, will be the subject. For Christ as illuminator (manhrdnd) of those in the darkness of error, see ATh p. 320 (§ 153). 'darkness (heSokd) and error (tu'yay)': Christ is the chaser away (rddopeh) of darkness and destroyer of error in ATh, p. 250 (§ 80), while in ATh, p.

1, 800, 15-16. 2, 5, 17-19. W. Childers taken prematurely'18. It brought them discrimination and differentiation, an important function of knowledge, but it was differentiation in the form of a barrier separating them from the Tree of Life. Their reward was the curse and a life full of torments (Dem. 3). This is the situation that Jesus Christ came to remedy. A major achievement of the incarnation is the recovery of the divine nature on behalf of humanity (Dem. 10). The Christian salvation-his tory tradition provides Aphrahat with a narrative framework19 for understand ing the predicament of the human intellect - situated between its lofty poten tiality to ascertain divine knowledge and its baser impulses prompting it to seek that knowledge in proud and selfish ways, humanity is invited to redis cover, in Christ, the role that practical virtues play in the mind's proper orien tation and functioning.

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