The First-Created Man: Seven Homilies by St. Symeon the New Theologian

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Selected and translated, with an Introduction by Fr. Seraphim Rose
Translated from the Russian edition of St. Theophan the Recluse
Publication Data: Platina, CA: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 2013
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: 122
Dimensions (l × w × h): 21.0 cm × 13.5 cm × 1.0 cm
Additional Information: black-and-white illustrations
ISBN: 978‒0‒938635‒11‒6

   
Selected and translated, with an Introduction by Fr. Seraphim Rose
Translated from the Russian edition of St. Theophan the Recluse

No. 2 of Orthodox Theological Texts

“This English edition of the writings of the 11th-century Holy Father St. Symeon the New Theologian was translated from the 1892 Russian edition of St. Symeon’s homilies, which in turn was translated by St. Theophan the Recluse from the Greek edition of 1790. It is fitting that St. Symeon’s Russian translator, St. Theophan, was himself a Church Father of holy life. Like St. Symeon, St. Theophan had direct contact with God, which enabled him to express theological and spiritual truths from his own experience. St. Theophan translated St. Symeon’s writings into Russian out of a desire to confirm his contemporaries in the Orthodox Patristic teaching on the beginning and final aim of human existence. Nearly a century after St. Theophan, the American Orthodox writer Fr. Seraphim Rose translated these writings into English out of the same desire.”
—“PREFACE to the Fourth Edition”

CONTENTS

Preface to the Fourth Edition
Introduction: The Teaching of St. Symeon the New Theologian by Fr. Seraphim Rose
The Life of St. Symeon the New Theologian by his disciple Nicetas Stethatos
   1. His Life in the World
   2. The Account of the Youth George
   3. His Deepening Resolve to Leave the World
   4. His Entrance into Monasticism
   5. His Trials as a Novice
   6. He Becomes a Monk and an Instructor of Monks
   7. He Becomes Priest and Abbot
   8. The Great Trial over the Veneration of His Elder
   9. His Last Years in Retirement
   10. The Writings of St. Symeon
Homily 1: The Transgression of Adam and Our Redemption by Jesus Christ
Homily 2: The Blessed State
Homily 10: Adam’s Sin and Our Salvation
Homily 37: The Ancestral Sin and Our Regeneration
Homily 38: The Fall of Adam and the Decrees of God
Homily 45: Adam and the First-Created World
Homily 66: The Banishment and Repentance of Adam and Every Christian
Index
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