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Bibil Identifier bibil:210196
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Basil of Caesarea, Didymus The Blind, and The Anti-Pneumatomachian Exegesis of Amos 4:13 and John 1:3
Author DelCogliano, Mark
Journal The Journal of Theological Studies (Volume: 61, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 644-658 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Recent scholarship has increasingly questioned the traditional assumption that Athanasius of Alexandria was a major influence upon Basil of Caesarea. This study seeks to make a concrete contribution to this debate by suggesting that Basil’s anti-pneumatomachian exegesis of Amos 4:13 and John 1:3 was influenced by Didymus the Blind rather than by Athanasius. It begins by demonstrating four parallels in the exegesis of these two verses between Basil’s Against Eunomius and Didymus’ On the Holy Spirit, and that they are not due to a common use of Athanasius. After ruling out other possible sources for Basil, it next argues that these parallels are best interpreted as indicating that Basil was influenced by Didymus rather than vice versa. If this thesis is correct, Didymus’ On the Holy Spirit needs to be dated to the late 350s or early 360s (much earlier than the date of the 370s advocated in recent scholarship), and it should prompt a reassessment of Basil’s sources and theological development.
DOI 10.1093/jts/flq105
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Basil of Cesarea
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Athanasius
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Didymus the Blind
Pericopes Amos 4,13
John 1,3
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