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St John Damascene: Tradition and Originality in Byzantine Theology (Oxford Early Christian Studies) [Hardcover]

By Andrew Louth (Author)
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Pages   344
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   1.28 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2002
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0199252386  
EAN  9780199252381  

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John Damascene, a monk near Jerusalem in the early 700s, never set foot in the Byzantine Empire, yet he had a great influence on Byzantine theology. This book, the first to present an overall account of John's life and work, sets him in the context of the early synods of the Church that took place in the Palestinian monasteries during the first century of Arab rule.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Andrew Louth is Professor of Cultural History at Goldsmiths' College. He is the author of many works on the Christian tradition, among them Eusebius: The History of the Church (1989) and The Wilderness of God (1991)

Andrew Louth was born in 1867 and died in 1957 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Durham, University of London, UK Durham University, UK D.

Andrew Louth has published or released items in the following series...
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Good monograph on Damascene  Nov 17, 2006
John Damascene was one of the last great church fathers to live before the great schism which separated Christianity between its Orthodox and Catholic branches. In both churches Damascene is revered as a great saint and theologian, and is a doctor of the Catholic Church.

Damascene wrote several works, including anti-heresy treatises, philosophical works, and the classical exposition of Christan theology called 'On Orthodox Theology', which outlines the Christian understanding of God. Damascene also defended the use of icons in Churches, against iconoclasts who desired to implement the Old Testament commandment about the destruction of images of the divine. The centrality of icons to the theology and faith of the Orthodox Church today is due in large part to Damascene's famous defence.

Like most Easterns, Damascene emphasizes the incomprehensibility of God's nature (the only thing we can know about God is his infinity and incomprehensibility) and his faith is deeply mystical at times. However, he remains essential reading for the student of church history and theology.

Louth (who has also written works on Dionysius and Christian mysticism) writes a readable introduction to this great Father's thought.
St John Damascene  Apr 4, 2004
THis book is the culmination of Louth's many years of research on St John.

St. John avoided speculation, but rather understood his task to be that of a fatihful transmitter of the faith once delivered.

St John is shown here to be a Cyrilline-Chalcedonian, trying to bring together those factions who were so devoted to Cyril's formula: "one incarnate nature of God the Word."

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