New Translation of “On the Incarnation” by St. Athanasius Published by SVS Press

NEW POPULAR PATRISTICS from SVS Press, available for order in December 2011

Popular Patristics Series
Numbers 44a and 44b

On the Incarnation, a new translation and introduction by Archpriest John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary
Preface by C.S. Lewis

By any standard, this is a classic of Christian theology. Composed by St. Athanasius in the fourth century, it 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, ensures its place as one of the few "must read" books for all who want to know more about the Christian faith.

The Press is pleased to offer this new translation by our Dean, Archpriest John Behr, with a full introduction, in two formats: in English (PPS 44b) or with the Greek text presented 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. Order this title here.


Popular Patristics Series
Number 43

Works on the Spirit, by Athanasius the Great and Didymus the Blind

Translated by Mark DelCogliano, Andrew Radde-Gallwitz, & Lewis Ayres.

In the second half of the fourth century the mystery of the Holy Spirit was the subject of fierce debate. Those who fought against the Nicene Creed opposed the idea that the Spirit was God. Even some of those willing to accept the equality of the Father and the Son saw the Spirit as more angelic than divine.

The first great testament to the Spirit's divinity—showing how the Spirit creates and saves inseparably with the Father and the son—is St. Athanasius' Letters to Serapion. Only a few years later, Didymus the Blind penned his own On the Holy Spirit, which is here translated into English for the first time. For Didymus, the Spirit transforms Christians by drawing them into the divine life itself, and must therefore be one with the Father and Son.

This volume offers new translations of two of the most powerful Patristic reflections on the work and nature of the Holy Spirit.

This book (978-0-88141-379-3) has 240 pages, and sells for $22.00. Order this title here.

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