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Bibil Identifier bibil:245374
Publication Type Journal article
Title (Italian, Long) "Ferita d'amore io sono" (CT. 2,5). La Vita di Macrina e le Omelie sul Cantico dei Cantici di Gregorio di Nissa
Author Franchi, Roberta
Journal Augustinianum. Periodicum quadrimestre Collegi Internationalis Augustiniani (Volume: 56, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language Italian
Pages 57-83 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article analyzes the Life of Macrina by comparing it with the mystical experience of the bride in the Commentary on the Song of Songs, both works written by Gregory of Nyssa. In the Life of Macrina, Gregory adopts the same imagery that he uses to portray the bride in the Commentary on the Song of Songs in order to emphasize Macrina’s angelic status and her pure love for God. Although scholars have pointed out the value of virginity in the life of Macrina, another aspect has to be taken into account: her spousal virginity. Since Gregory uses the paradox within theological reflection and a theological context, Macrina's condition as bride of Christ comes to be realized paradoxically through her choice of virginity. Thanks to her spousal virginity, she joins Christ as His bride. Thus, in keeping with the Commentary on the Song of Songs, Macrina is the bride, Christ is the Bridegroom, and the mystical union is reached.
DOI 10.5840/agstm20165614
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Hagiography
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Song of Songs / Song of Solomon / Canticles
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Gregory of Nyssa
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Virginity
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