1: Introduction 2: Deification in the Graeco-Roman World 3: The Jewish Paradigm: From Ezekiel to the yored merkavah 4: The Earliest Christian Model: Participatory Union with Christ 5: The Alexandrian Tradition I: Christian Schools and Study-Circles 6: The Alexandrian Tradition II: The Imposition of Episcopal Control 7: The Cappadocian Approach: Divine Transcendence and the Ascent of the Soul 8: The Monastic Synthesis: The Achievement of Maximus the Confessor 9: Epilogue
Norman Russell was formerly Vice-Provost of the London Oratory and is now an independent scholar.
Norman Russell presents his subject with the assurance of a master... He displays not just understanding of the material, but also a clear awareness of the field of patristic studies... this is a masterpiece of what historical discussion of Christian doctrine should be: historically acute and theologically perceptive. Andrew Louth, The Times Higher Education Supplement The scope and precision of this book are beyond praise...the work is an admirable resource and could hardly be bettered. Anthony Meredith, The Journal of Theological Studies