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St. Gregory Thaumaturgus: Life and Works.

St. Gregory Thaumaturgus: Life and Works. Translated by Michael Slusser. Fathers of the Church 98. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1998. xxii + 199 pp. $29.95 cloth.

Michael Slusser's accurate and careful English translation brings together for the first time works ascribed to or associated with Gregory Thaumaturgus, the third-century bishop of Neocaesarea. He begins with the Life of Gregory the Wonderworker, an oration by Gregory of Nyssa, whose grandmother, Macrina, his namesake had converted. In it the Wonderworker amply justifies his epithet. The most notable work included is the Address of Thanksgiving to Origen. Although a student of Origen almost certainly wrote the Address, its connection to the Wonderworker is shaky. Slusser accepts the traditional attribution but doubts that its author is the same Gregory as the recipient of a letter of Origen, a work he includes in an appendix. Origen's having written to a "venerable son," probably a former student, named Gregory has, nonetheless, long been one of the chief reasons for connecting the Address to the Wonderworker. Of the other works ascribed to the Wonderworker, the Canonical Epistle and To Theopompus stand out. The former deals pastorally with the aftermath of a barbarian raid. The latter, surviving in Syriac, shows the Wonderworker as a theologian, although, unlike the Address, it betrays little influence from Origen. Slusser's introduction exhibits a full, though not always critical, awareness of recent scholarship.

Joseph W. Trigg Christ Church, Port Tobacco Parish La Plata, Md.
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Author:Trigg, Joseph W.
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Date:Mar 1, 2000
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