With the completion of this book, together with his earlier labor in translating Florensky's Pillar and Ground of the Truth
, Boris Jakim has transmitted a significant portion of the fruit of the Russian religious renaissance of the early twentieth century to the English-speaking world. The eschatological context and emphasis (Rev. 21:9-11) of this, the culmination of Bulgakov's thought, and its creation and appearance in the ''eschaton'' of his own life, casts clear light on the themes that were of utmost importance to him (and their contemporary relevance is striking): ''What else can I say? The truths contained in the revelation of Divine-humanity... are so unshakeable and universal that even the most shattering events of world history, which we are now witnessing, pale and a nullified in their ontological significance insofar as we perceive these events in the light of that which is to come. And that which is to come is the Church in its power and glory, together with the transfiguration of creation.'' Bulgakov's speculations on Divine Wisdom (the ''sophiology'' which earned him considerable notoriety), do not begin to exhaust or diminish the freshness and power of his readings of the dogmas of creation, providence, freedom and predestination, the nature of the Church, death and the state after death, the Second Coming, and eschatology proper. 531 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
Sergius Bulgakov is thought by many to be the twentieth century's foremost Russian Orthodox theologian. The Bride of the Lamb is widely regarded as Bulgakov's magnum opus and, even more, as one of the greatest works ever produced in the modern Orthodox church. This book is now available in English thanks to esteemed translator Boris Jakim, along with an introduction to Bulgakov and his theological context. For readers new to Russian religious thought, The Bride of the Lamb presents a fresh approach to Christian doctrine. Bulgakov examines issues of ecclesiology and eschatology from a sophiological perspective. This distinctive Russian approach, based on the doctrine of Sophia, the wisdom of God, sees the Creator and creation intimately linked as Divine-humanity. The Bride of the Lamb explores the nature of created beings, the relationship between God and the world, the role of the church, and such eschatological themes as the second coming of Jesus, resurrection and judgment, and the afterlife.