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Light on the Mountain: Greek Patristic and Byzantine Homilies on the Transfiguration of the Lord, PPS48

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The episode of the Transfiguration of Jesus plays a key role in the narrative of the Synoptic Gospels. Peter and his fellow Apostles have just acknowledged Jesus to be Israel’s long-awaited Messiah, and have been shocked by Jesus’ immediate prediction of his coming passion and death. Now Peter, James and John are allowed to share an extraordinary vision, marking him out as truly God’s own Son, radiant with divine glory. Early Christian commentators and preachers recognized the crucial importance of this incident for Christian faith and discipleship, as pointing in advance to the power of the cross and resurrection of Christ. The liturgical feast of the Transfiguration, anticipating that of the Exaltation of the Cross by forty days, came to be celebrated in the Eastern and Western Churches, beginning in the seventh century; yet since at least the third century, theologians have reflected on the significance of this event for the life of faith.

This volume brings together, in a new translation, a comprehensive collection of homilies on the Transfiguration of Christ from the Greek Patristic and Medieval Church, from Origen in the third century to St. Gregory Palamas in the fourteenth. Together they form a profound and moving set of meditations, from many perspectives and in many voices, on “the light of the recognition of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (II Cor 4.6), and on its importance for our lives.

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Brian E. Daley, S.J., is the Catherine F. Husking Professor of Theology at the Univeristy of Notre Dame and also the translator of On the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies (PPS18).

Table of Contents

  • Foreword 9
  • On Ignatius of Antioch  11
  • Ignatius’ Letter to the Ephesians  25
  • Ignatius’ Letter to the Magnesians  41
  • Ignatius’ Letter to the Trallians  53
  • Ignatius’ Letter to the Romans  63
  • Ignatius’ Letter to the Philadelphians  75
  • Ignatius’ Letter to the Smyrneans  85
  • Ignatius’ Letter to Polycarp  97
  • On Pseudo-Ignatius  107
  • Correspondence of Pseudo-Ignatius and Mary of Cassosbola  131
  • Ps-Ignatius’ Letter to the Trallians  137
  • Ps-Ignatius’ Letter to the Magnesians  147
  • Ps-Ignatius’ Letter to the Tarsians  157
  • Ps-Ignatius’ Letter to the Philippians  163
  • Ps-Ignatius’ Letter to the Philadelphians  173
  • Ps-Ignatius’ Letter to the Smyrneans  183
  • Ps-Ignatius’ Letter to the Polycarp  191
  • Ps-Ignatius’ Letter to the Antiochenes  195
  • Ps-Ignatius’ Letter to Hero  203
  • Ps-Ignatius’ Letter to the Ephesians  209
  • Ps-Ignatius’ Letter to the Romans  223
  • Appendix 1: Other Antiochene material relating to Ignatius  229
  • Appendix 2: The additional Latin letters of the Long Recension  251
  • Further Reading  255

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