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Gregory Of Nyssa’s Biblical Hermeneutics In De Opificio Hominis

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This chapter focuses on Gregory of Nyssa?s De opificio hominis (On the creation of humans, hereafter: De opif. hom.), a rather early work dated to 379 CE. An important concept in the interpretation of the Bible by both Origen and Gregory is ????????a or ?sequence.? Gregory believes that sequence is part of God?s intention in creating the world and a certain sequence is manifested in the scriptural text. The issue of the ?image of God? in humans is an important one in Gregory?s thought and thus deserving of additional scrutiny. Gregory uses the ?double creation? theory as an exegetical instrument when trying to explain the ?image of God? in humans. There are instances in De opif. hom. where Gregory is satisfied with a literal interpretation of the biblical text.

Keywords: ἀκολουθία; biblical text; Gregory of Nyssa?s De opificio hominis



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