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The Transfiguration of Christ in Greek Patristic Literature, by C. Veniamin

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THIS STUDY, originally submitted as a doctoral dissertation in the University of Oxford, aims to present the theological significance of the event of the Lord's Transfiguration on Mount Tabor by means of a diachronic investigation of some of the greatest masters of the spiritual life. Based on the three Synoptic Gospel narratives, it examines the Taborian theophany from the post-Apostolic period to that of the Hesychast Controversy of the fourteenth century, and looks at this great revelation in writers who have been influential in our appreciation of the subject, taking each of them in turn analytically and within the context of their own theology and period, and focusing on important points of similarity and contrast in the themes they develop. In so doing, the investigation touches on many fundamental questions pertaining to the Christian life, including such themes as the status of Jesus Christ, the Trinitarian character of divine revelation, the role of the Holy Spirit, the importance of the ecclesial context, the transformation of the human person, the vision of God, Theosis, the non-dialectical character of the knowledge of God, and our capacity to know God and share in His life.

About the author

CHRISTOPHER VENIAMIN is a spiritual child of St. Sophrony the Athonite (1896-1993). Born and raised in London, England, of Greek Cypriot parents, Dr. Veniamin holds his first degree in theology from the University of Thessalonica and his doctorate from the University of Oxford. He is Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon's Seminary in Pennsylvania, and Dean Emeritus and Professor of Patristic Theology and Dogmatics at the Antiochian House of Studies in California, where he established the Ph.D. Program in Orthodox Studies and spearheaded the drive for ATS accreditation. Dr. Veniamin also holds the four-year Degree in Byzantine Music from the celebrated School of St. Romanus Melodus and St. John Damascene in Thessalonica, and is a pupil of Eleftherios Georgiades, former Lampadarios of the Great Church of Christ.