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Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern$
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Morwenna Ludlow

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280766

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280766.001.0001

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Reading Gregory on Sex, Gender, and Embodiment

Reading Gregory on Sex, Gender, and Embodiment

(p.220) 14 Reading Gregory on Sex, Gender, and Embodiment
Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern

Morwenna Ludlow (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents some reflections on feminist readings of Gregory. There is a move away from what one might call relatively straightforward or surface readings of Gregory — ones which, for example, take it for granted that Gregory's only motivation in On Virginity is to advocate the celibate monastic life, or assume that the state of the first creation was a historical one, temporally prior to a second creation in which men and women were endowed with sexual characteristics. Patristic scholars have undermined such readings as these and their findings have found their way into wider feminist comment on Gregory.

Keywords:   Gregory of Nyssa, feminist theology, readings, virginity, On Virginity

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