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The Comforter - Sergius Bulgakov

The Comforter

By: Sergius Bulgakov, Boris Jakim (Translator)

Paperback Published: June 2004
ISBN: 9780802821126
Number Of Pages: 398

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Sergius Bulgakov is widely considered to be the twentieth century's foremost Orthodox theologian, and his book "The Comforter" is the most comprehensive and profound book about the Holy Spirit ever written by a Russian theologian -- perhaps by anyone anywhere.

Encyclopedic in scope, "The Comforter" explores all aspects of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, both as they are viewed in the Orthodox tradition and throughout church history. The book has sections on the development of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in early Christianity and on the development of the doctrine of procession in the patristic and later Byzantine periods. It also touches on the place of the Holy Spirit in the Trinity and explores Old and New Testament notions of the Spirit of God. A concluding chapter deals with the mystical revelation of the Holy Spirit. Throughout, Bulgakov buttresses his rigorous philosophical and theological reflections with evidence drawn from Scripture and church tradition.

Bulgakov's stated goal, however, is to continue Athanasius's investigation of the christological aspects of the Divine-Humanity. Athanasius interpreted the latter as the dyadic action of the Son and the Holy Spirit, but he did not consider the relation between the Father and the Holy Spirit. In "The Comforter" Bulgakov extends Athanasius's conception into an inquiry into Divine-Humanity as the work of the Son "and" the Holy Spirit, who in their indivisible dyad reveal the Father.

An important virtue of "The Comforter" is Bulgakov's treatment of the "filioque" question. In fact, his discussion of this question may be the most important modern contribution to "filoque" studies from the Orthodox perspective.Bulgakov examines the writings of the chief theoreticians on both sides of the dispute, and finds that each of the sides is wrong in its own way. He concludes that the "filioque" question is not an insuperable obstacle to the reunification of the churches.

Finally made available in English by Boris Jakim, today's foremost Russian translator, "The Comforter" is a major publishing event.

Paul Valliere
"The doctrine of the Holy Spirit has traditionally been the weak link in trinitarian theology. Of the attempts by modern theologians to remedy this deficiency, Sergius Bulgakov's"The Comforter"is the most magisterial and, arguably, the most interesting. The book exemplifies the dazzling synthesis of patristic theology, ecclesiastical piety, and modern intellectuality that is Bulgakov's signature."The Comforter"is the most satisfying of the three volumes of Bulgakov's dogmatic trilogy"On Divine Humanity" smoother than"The Lamb of God," more integrated than"The Bride of the Lamb."It is Bulgakov at his best. In this translation the indefatigable Boris Jakim has also given us"his"best. It will be a long time before Russian theology finds an English-speaking interpreter as faithful and skilled as Jakim."
David Bentley Hart
"Sergius Bulgakov was among the most original and brilliant of twentieth-century theologians and among the most controversial. We still have much to learn from him and about him, and Boris Jakim's translations of his major theological works are a marvelous gift to English-speaking theologians. This edition of Bulgakov's learned, profound, and very lovely treatise on the Holy Spirit is especially welcome and especially illuminating."
Robert Bird
"In"The Comforter"Sergius Bulgakov moves from a rigorous analysis of Christian tradition concerning the Holy Spirit to a poetic myth that is both a personal confession of faith and a fertile point of departure for future theological speculation. Boris Jakim's authoritative translation makes Bulgakov's groundbreaking text available in English for the first time."
"Slavic and East European Journal"
"Boris Jakim has offered us an excellent and timely English translation of Sergius Bulgakov's dense treatise, "The Comforter." . . The culmination of Bulgakov's dogmatic writings, this unique work has an apologetic agenda of restating Christian anthropology and Trinitarian dogma within the framework of the sophiology Bulgakov developed in earlier writings."
"Pneuma"
"The caliber of Bulgakov's scholarship and the brilliance of his intellectual acumen are both fully evident in"The Comforter." . . His writing is steeped in devotional language and holy awe.""
Paul Valliere
-The doctrine of the Holy Spirit has traditionally been the weak link in trinitarian theology. Of the attempts by modern theologians to remedy this deficiency, Sergius Bulgakov's The Comforter is the most magisterial and, arguably, the most interesting. The book exemplifies the dazzling synthesis of patristic theology, ecclesiastical piety, and modern intellectuality that is Bulgakov's signature.The Comforter is the most satisfying of the three volumes of Bulgakov's dogmatic trilogy On Divine Humanity -- smoother than The Lamb of God, more integrated than The Bride of the Lamb. It is Bulgakov at his best. In this translation the indefatigable Boris Jakim has also given us his best. It will be a long time before Russian theology finds an English-speaking interpreter as faithful and skilled as Jakim.-

David Bentley Hart
-Sergius Bulgakov was among the most original and brilliant of twentieth-century theologians -- and among the most controversial. We still have much to learn from him and about him, and Boris Jakim's translations of his major theological works are a marvelous gift to English-speaking theologians. This edition of Bulgakov's learned, profound, and very lovely treatise on the Holy Spirit is especially welcome and especially illuminating.-

Robert Bird
-In The Comforter Sergius Bulgakov moves from a rigorous analysis of Christian tradition concerning the Holy Spirit to a poetic myth that is both a personal confession of faith and a fertile point of departure for future theological speculation. Boris Jakim's authoritative translation makes Bulgakov's groundbreaking text available in English for the first time.-

Slavic and East European Journal
-Boris Jakim has offered us an excellent and timely English translation of Sergius Bulgakov's dense treatise, The Comforter. . . The culmination of Bulgakov's dogmatic writings, this unique work has an apologetic agenda of restating Christian anthropology and Trinitarian dogma within the framework of the sophiology Bulgakov developed in earlier writings.-

Pneuma
-The caliber of Bulgakov's scholarship and the brilliance of his intellectual acumen are both fully evident in The Comforter. . . His writing is steeped in devotional language and holy awe.-

Translator's Introductionp. vii
Author's Prefacep. xiv
Introduction: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the Patristic Literaturep. 1
Early Christianityp. 1
Tertullian's Subordinationism and Stoic Philosophyp. 9
Cosmological Subordinationism in Arianismp. 15
Ontological Subordinationism in Origen's Doctrine of the Holy Trinityp. 18
Homoousianism in the Trinitarian Doctrine of St. Athanasius of Alexandriap. 23
The Cappadocians' Doctrine of the Holy Trinity and of the Holy Spiritp. 28
The Western Doctrine of Homoousian Trinitarian Theology (St. Augustine)p. 40
The Trinitarian and Pneumatological Doctrine of St. John of Damascusp. 42
The Place of the Third Hypostasis in the Holy Trinityp. 53
Trinitarity and the Third Hypostasisp. 53
The Taxis or Order of the Hypostases in the Holy Trinityp. 68
The Procession of the Holy Spiritp. 75
The First Doctrines of the Procession of the Holy Spirit: dia and et (que)p. 75
The Second Epoch in the Doctrine of the Procession of the Holy Spirit. The Greco-Latin Polemic: Photian (Anti-Latin) Theology against the Latin Filioquep. 95
On the Spirit of God and the Holy Spiritp. 153
In the Old Testamentp. 156
In the New Testamentp. 159
The Dyad of the Word and the Spiritp. 177
In the Divine Sophiap. 177
In the Creaturely Sophiap. 189
The Revelation of the Holy Spiritp. 219
The Kenosis of the Holy Spirit in Creationp. 219
Divine Inspiration in the Old Testamentp. 227
Divine Inspiration in Christp. 244
The Pentecostp. 267
The Gifts of the Pentecostp. 285
Epilogue: The Fatherp. 359
Indexp. 395
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ISBN: 9780802821126
ISBN-10: 080282112X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 398
Published: June 2004
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.6

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