Known variously in the third century and after as ''Gregory the Great'' or ''Gregory the Teacher'' or, most widely, ''Gregory the Wonderworker,'' St. Gregory (ca. 210-270) was a renowned bishop and miracle-worker in Cappadocia. The documents gathered here for the first time in English translation include St. Gregory of Nyssa's Life of Gregory the Wonderworker
, and the extant works of Gregory Thaumaturgus himself, Address of Thanksgiving to Origen
, a commentary on Ecclesiastes, To Theopompus, on the Impassibility and Passibility of God, To Philagrius on Consubstantiality, To Tatian, on the Soul, Glossary on Ezekiel
, and the Letter of Origen to Gregory>/i>. Over fifty pages of (very necessary) bibliographic and introductory material add to the exceptional importance of this volume to anyone interested patristics, hagiography, or church history.
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Born of an aristocratic pagan family at Neocaesarea in Pontus at the beginning of the third century, St. Gregory received his early training in literature and rhetoric in his birthplace. While visiting Caesarea in Palestine, he chanced to hear the Christian philosopher and theologian Origen and remained there for five years as his pupil. Deeply influenced by Origen, Gregory returned to Pontus a convinced Christian and became the first bishop of Neocaesarea. His dedication greatly influenced his people, and he became known as "Gregory the Great, " "the Teacher, " or "the Wonderworker."