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From John of Apamea to Mark’s Gospel

Two Dialogues with Thomasios: A Hermeneutical Reading of Horáo, Blépo, and Theoréo

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From John of Apamea to Mark’s Gospel: Two Dialogues with Thomasios: A Hermeneutical Reading of Horáo, Blépo, and Theoréo combines two theological fields of investigation. The first is related to the Patristic theology of Eastern Syrian Christianity and the second resides in the field of Biblical theology.

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Titel: From John of Apamea to Mark’s Gospel
Autoren/Herausgeber: Dempsey Rosales Acosta
Aus der Reihe: Studies in Biblical Literature
Ausgabe: 1. Neuausgabe

ISBN/EAN: 9781433126161

Seitenzahl: 163
Format: 23 x 15 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 340 g
Sprache: Englisch

Dempsey Rosales Acosta obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s in Philosophy from the Catholic University Cecilio Acosta (Venezuela), his Baccalaureatus in Theology (STB) from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), his Master’s in Biblical Languages and Exegesis from the Pontifical Biblicum Institute of Rome (SSL), and his Doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Gregorian University (Rome). In 2008 he began to work as a peritus and consultant for the Presidential Liaison for Roman Catholic Ministries of the American Bible Society (New York), and since 2010 he has been a full-time faculty member of the University of St. Thomas (Houston) teaching Holy Scripture at the undergraduate and master’s level.

From John of Apamea to Mark’s Gospel: Two Dialogues with Thomasios: A Hermeneutical Reading of Horáo, Blépo, and Theoréo combines two theological fields of investigation. The first is related to the Patristic theology of Eastern Syrian Christianity and the second resides in the field of Biblical theology. The research articulates the two fields, which complement each other through a logic exposition in that the theological conceptions of John of Apamea serve as the hermeneutical reading of the verbs of visual perception in the Markan Gospel. The first part expounds the problem related to the quest of the historical John of Apamea, an overview of the problem of his identity based upon the most important critical works attributed to him, proposing a plausible solution. The notion of the spiritual perception of the soul is intrinsically connected with the notion of «spiritual exegesis» and «spiritual senses», essential thoughts in the theology of the dialogues with Thomasios. Applying this methodological approach to the Scripture, the second part expounds the topic of the spiritual seeing in Mark’s Gospel. The section follows four expositive stages. The first consists of the semantic analysis of the Markan terminology and its psychological implications; the second analyzes the narrative portrait of the seeing of Jesus; the third examines briefly the seeing of the demons; the last stage considers the contemplative attitude of the women in the context of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. From John of Apamea to Mark’s Gospel is essential reading for scholars in Eastern Patristic theology, Biblical theology, and spiritual theology.

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