The Eucharist in Theology and Philosophy

Issues of Doctrinal History in East and West from Patristic Age to the Reformation

Réka Forrai (Editor), Gyorgy Geréby (Editor), István Perczel (Editor),

Series: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 1 35

Category: Philosophy

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058674999

Publication date: February 13, 2006

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The present volume has been built up around fifteen papers presented at an international conference co-organised by the Department of Medieval Studies of the Central European University, Budapest, the Centre d’Etude des Religions du livre, Paris, the De Wulf-Mansion Centre at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Benedictine Abbey of Tihany, Hungary. The conference was convened to discuss the general conceptual, doctrinal and – broadly speaking – theological and philosophical aspects of the developments concerning the Eucharistic doctrines of the Christian Churches, not just the Western ones, but the Byzantino-Slavic and Oriental ones too.

When organizing the final shape of the volume at hand, the editors were eager to get contributions with a wide divergence of perspectives. In this way, the so-called “Nestorian Controversy” and the aftermath of Chalcedon received great emphasis, their problems being several times approached in the Patristic section of this book, by authors who in no way agree in its evaluation, but rather, for a long while, have been in debate with each other. Similar is the case with the crucial debates in the medieval theology of the Eucharist, be it Eastern or Western.

Even more tangibly, the great questions of a “symbolist” or “realist” interpretation of the presence of Christ in the bread and the wine, or, once the doctrine of the “real presence” had been affirmed, its modalities, such as “transsubstantiation” or “transformation”, or the question of what happens to the bread and the wine, and when, during the liturgical celebration, in order that they might become the real body and blood of Christ, are treated over and over in these contributions just as they have been treated over and over during the intellectual history under review.

This recurrence of the same or similar doctrinal problems in diverse circumstances, envisaged from different theological, philosophical or historical perspectives, is one of the factors that give this volume its unity.

Introduction
István PERCZEL

In memoriam Edward Yarnold and Michel van Esbroeck
Theresia HAINTHALER

I. PATRISTICA

Perspectives on the Eucharist in the Nestorian Controversy
Theresia HAINTHALER

From Eucharist to Christology: the Life-giving Body of Christ in Cyril of Alexandria, Eutyches and Julian of Halicarnassus
Patrick T.R. GRAY

La très divine Cène…archisymbole de tout sacrement (EH 428B). Symbole et eucharistie chez Denys l’Aréopagite et dans la tradition antiochienne
Ysabel DE ANDIA

L’implication eucharistique dans le milieu antichalcédonien
Michel VAN ESBROECK, S.J.

La relation entre sacrifice et la communion dans la théologie de Hovhan Mandakouni
Rev. Boghos Levon ZEKIYAN

II. BYZANTINA

Mysteries for the Uninitiated. The Role and Symbolism of the Eucharist in Miraculous Dream Healing
Ildikó CSEPREGI

The Bread, the Wine and Immaterial Body: Saint Symeon the New Theolgian on the Eucharistic Mysteries
István PERCZEL

Die Entwicklung der Theologie der Eucharistie in Byzanz von 1054-1453
Archimandrite Vasilios GROLIMUND

The Eucharist and Hesychasm, with Special Reference to Theophanes III, Metropolitan of Nicaea
Andrew LOUTH

III. OCCIDENTALIA

Die Eucharistie-Diskussion im lateinischen Mittelalter und Ihre Inkommensurabilität mit der Ostlichen Tradition
Georgi KAPRIEV

Durandus of Saint-Pourçain on Eucharistic Presence
Paul J.J.M. BAKKER

Le prêtre et ses mains
Zénon KALUZA

IV. LITURGICA ET THEOLOGICA

The Fourth-Century Liturgy of Edessa Reflected in Ephraim’s Madroshe 4 and 5 on Faith
Andrew PALMER

The Theological Significance of the Epiklesis in the Liturgy of Saint James
Rev. Baby VARGHESE

Transsubstantiation
Edward YARNOLD, S.J.

Bibliography
General Index
Index of Names (Ancient and Medieval)
Index of Biblical Passages
Index of Latin Terms
Index of Greek Terms

Réka Forrai

Gyorgy Geréby

István Perczel

The book's final contribution stems from the late Edward Yarnold. It comprises a short but very clearly written survey of the development of 'the doctrine of the transsubstantiation'. This paper, modestly called a 'case study', only briefly deals with Christian Antiquity. Yet, it may be recommended to everybody who is interested in the doctrinal (theological and philosophical) aspects of the Eucharist. Moreover, it constitutes a wonderful conclusion of this, in many respects, rich volume.
Review in Vigiliae Christianae 64 (2010) 89-104, Gerard Rouwhorst, University of Tilburg

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