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Theophilus of Alexandria


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Abbreviations Part 1 Introduction Early life The Church of Alexandria in 385 Expansion of the Church in Egypt The Destruction of the Serapeum The 'Christianization of space' Relations with other Churches The Melitian Schism The Bostra Dispute Mediation in Palestine The Election and Consecration of John Chrysostom The Origenist Controversy The Synod of The Oak Last Years Theophilus as a Theologian Theophilus' Legacy Part II Texts General Introduction to the Texts The Earlier Festal Letters Homilies Introduction Homily on the Mystical Supper Sermon on Death and Judgement Sermon on Providence Sermon on the Woman Suffering from a Flow of Blood Sermon on the text 'Jesus went about all Galilee' Homily on the Crucifixion and the Good Thief Homily on Repentance and Self-control Ecclesiastical legislation Introduction Letter to the Emperor Theodosius Prologue to the Easter Table Announcement on the holy Theophany falling on a Sunday Memorandum to Ammon regarding Lycopolis Ruling on 'the Pure' To Bishop Agathon To Bishop Menas The Origenist Controversy Introduction First Synodal Letter Second Synodal Letter to the Bishops of Palestine and Cyprus Letters to the Origenist monks Sixteenth Festal Letter (401) Seventeenth Festal Letter (402) Letter written at Constantinople Nineteenth Festal Letter (404) Tractate on Isaiah 6: 1-7 Notes Bibliography Texts and Translations Secondary Works Index

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'There are many ways in which Norman Russell's virtual 'discover' of Theophilus, for the benefit of a mainstream audience, contributes to fill in gaps in our understanding of various episodes in the early Church. Russell is to be commended finally not only for providing important material for filling in these gaps, but also for convincingly presenting the complex figure of Theophilus as interesting on its own merits...Russell's own authorial voice speaks with elegant clarity, erudite and persuasive in the opening introduction, clear and fluid in the translation.' -Khaled Anatolios, Weston Jesuit School of Theology

'Norman Russell's attempt to gain him a hearing, and a sympathetic one, is...bold and original.' - International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church

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