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The Hexaemeron

The Hexaemeron by Basil of Caesarea
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"The Hexaemeron" by Basil of Caesarea is a fascinating and insightful exploration of the creation story as laid out in the book of Genesis. Basil's detailed analysis of the six days of creation is not only informative but also inspiring, as he delves into the deeper meanings behind each day's events.

The author's deep knowledge of scripture and his ability to convey complex theological concepts in a clear and accessible manner make this book a valuable resource for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of the Bible and the origins of the world. Basil's emphasis on the importance of studying the natural world as a means of understanding God's creation is particularly compelling, adding a unique perspective to the usual interpretations of the creation story.

Overall, "The Hexaemeron" is a thought-provoking and enlightening read that will appeal to anyone interested in exploring the complexities of biblical teachings. Basil of Caesarea's wisdom and insight shine through in this timeless work, making it a must-read for believers and scholars alike.

Book Description:
The Hexaemeron is the title of nine homilies delivered by St. Basil on the the cosmogony of the opening chapters of Genesis. When and where they were delivered is quite uncertain. They are Lenten sermons, delivered at both the morning and evening services, and appear to have been listened to by working men. (Hom. iii. 1) Some words in Hom. viii. have confirmed the opinion that they were preached extempore, in accordance with what is believed to have been Basil's ordinary practice. Internal evidence points in the same direction for though a marked contrast might be expected between the style of a work intended to be read, like the De Spiritu Sancto, and that of the orations to be spoken in public, the Hexaemeron shews signs of being an unwritten composition. In earlier ages, it was the most celebrated and admired of Basil's works. Photius (Migne, Pat. Gr. cxli) puts it first of all, and speaks warmly of its eloquence and force. As an example of oratory he would rank it with the works of Plato and Demosthenes. (Introduction by Nicene Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Vol. VIII)


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