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The Life of Saint Macrina

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Paperback, 74 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Wipf & Stock Publishers (first published 1996)
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Ashraf Bashir
Jan 02, 2016 Ashraf Bashir rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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الكتاب علي المستوي البلاغي والروحي ضعيف جداً، لكنه علي المستوي الآبائي مميز، خاصة ان الكتاب يعد من أقدم أدلة تصالح المسيحية مع الفلسفة ومع العلوم في عصرها، فبعكس السائد لدي بعض باحثي الآبائيات ان المسيحية كانت في خلاف دائم مع العلم والفلسفة، فهذا الكتاب يعد دليل تاريخي علي تبجيل المسيحية في قرونها الأولي للفلسفة واعتبارها منبع الأخلاق، وعلي تبجيل العلم مثل علم الطب، واعتباره هبة الهية للبشر لفائدتهم وخلاصهم، فنري القديس غريغوريوس يصف الفلسفة انها "ترتقي بالانسان الاي أعلي قمم الفضيلة الانسانية" ...more
Dec 12, 2013 Alexander rated it really liked it
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Interesting example of hagiography, as Gregory presents his elder sister Macrina as a sort of combination of the pagan philosopher Socrates and the Christian saint Thecla. It also becomes clear that this must have been a truly exceptional family: the grandparents were saints, the parents were saints, among the children, a great number were saints, bishops, theologians, founders of monasteries and convents, etc. Interesting that despite having brothers of Basil the Great and Gregory himself, grea ...more
Oct 12, 2016 Marie rated it it was amazing
I read a Spanish translation of this that was so well done. It brought out the poetic beauty even in the most painful moments, such as the description of St. Macrina's death and preparation of funerary rites. I'm eager to read the Greek original now. St. Macrina was such an example of sainthood for everyone, but particularly for women who seek to be closer to God, even nowadays, and St. Gregory doesn't hesitate to highlight her every virtue, as well to write down her deathbed prayer. How much of ...more
Apr 19, 2017 Graham rated it it was amazing
Many question to historicity of early Christian biographies/hagiography. This may be especially so when the author is the Saint's brother. But Gregory's biography of his older sister Macrina gives us a helpful window into the world of the Cappadocians. Gregory describes in glowing terms the giftedness of his sister as a caregiver, leader, thinker, and mentor. Macrina founded monastic communities, helped raise her siblings after the death of her father, and prodded most of her brothers into monas ...more
Morgan Djuna Sorais Harrigan
What an incredible life!
Nov 23, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it
Shelves: orthodoxy
I did not read this edition but something I found on the internet. It is written by her brother, Gregory of Nyssa. It is a brief account of her life and much of the book is Gregory's memory of her death and the funeral proceedings.
Her life is outstanding because of the powerful influence of her family on Christian doctrine and her powerful influence within the family. She is the older sister of Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, and Peter of Sebaste.
She is inspiring as a strong woman who chose a
Nov 17, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing
This is an intimate and very human account of a remarkable woman and her family. What comes across clearly is that this isn't simply hagiography. At times the emotion here is raw but it is always honest. Read it in the translation by Kevin Corrigan if you can. A companion volume is Gregory's 'On the Soul and Resurrection' (Roth's translation is very good) where he gives detail of his conversations with Macrina (his 'teacher'), which I also recommend, but it is a more demanding read. Worth the ef ...more
Robert Corzine
Nov 24, 2013 Robert Corzine rated it it was amazing
This is a new scholarly edition of St. Gregory of Nyssa's famous Life of Macrina (his older sister and teacher). The prose is readable, the translation choices are wise and --where they differ greatly from their predecessors --carefully explained and defended in the endnotes. The introductory essays are likewise valuable for helping to situate the story of St. Macrina and her remarkable family in their long-vanished historical context.
Vincent Ng
May 27, 2016 Vincent Ng rated it really liked it
Great biography on life of a great woman of God, the life of Saint Macrina written by her younger brother. Her life is a great example of utter devotion and focus to the things of God. She was born in a family with deep commitment to Christianity. Being the oldest of her siblings, she is often referred to as the major pillar of strength for her family, known of her strength of resolve and religious devotion, "the great Macrina,"and "the holy one" because of the life she lived.
Denise Kettering
Nov 26, 2014 Denise Kettering rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-history
This edition of "The Life of Saint Macrina" offers a helpful introduction by Kevin Corrigan to the life and the historical context of early Christianity. The life provides a vision into an early woman's interesting story of pursuing her own piety and her creation of an early proto-monastic community. This is a quick, but informative read for folks interested in female piety, monastic communities, and of course hagiography.
Samuel McCann
Oct 12, 2016 Samuel McCann rated it really liked it
As much as I feel at odds with a lot of the early Church's thinking regarding the soul and physical reality, the holiness of Macrina's life and how much love she elicited from those around her overcome my problems with Gregory of Nyssa's theology. Great portrait of one of the most influential women in early Christian history, if not ever.
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Gregory of Nyssa was a Christian bishop and saint. He was a younger brother of Basil the Great and a good friend of Gregory Nazianzus. His significance has long been recognized in the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Roman Catholic branches of Christianity.

Gregory along with his brother Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nazianzus are known as the Cappadocian Fathers. They attempted to estab
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