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Dean Dedicates and Presents New Book to Archbishop Demetrios
10 January 2012 • Off-campus Event
"You've made my day!" exclaimed His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, as our seminary dean, Archpriest John Behr, presented him with a signed copy of his newly translated and published On the Incarnation, the classic 4th-century treatise by St. Athanasius the Great. Father John had dedicated the volume to His Eminence, with the words: "Faithful Guide, True Teacher, Genuine Lover-of-Words"; he presented the work to His Eminence in an informal meeting at the Archbishop's office on Tuesday of this week.
The book, published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press in December 2011, expounds with simplicity the theological vision defended at the councils of Nicaea and Constantinople: that the Son of God himself became "fully human, so that we might become god." Its influence on all Christian theology thereafter, East and West, has ensured its place as one of the few "must read" books for all who want to know more about the Christian faith.
"The book has already experienced quick sales from many professors of introductory Christian religion college courses throughout the United States," noted Dn. Gregory Hatrak, marketing manager of SVS Press and Bookstore. We have received excellent feedback on this title."
Two features especially distinguish the volume: a preface written by C.S. Lewis, and the fact that the book contains English and Greek parallel text.
Father John's volume, which is part of the Press's Popular Patristics Series (PPS, numbers 44a and 44b), has been published in two formats: in English (PPS 44b) or in English with the original Greek text presented in parallel text on the facing page (PPS 44a). The bilingual version (978-0-88141-409-7) is 174 pages, and sells for $22.00; the English-only version (978-0-88141-427-1) is 112 pages, and sells for $16.00.