New Release: Basil of Caesarea

Cover ArtBasil of Caesarea, the third addition to the Foundations of Theological Exegesis and Christian Spirituality series, surveys Basil’s theological, spiritual, and monastic writings, showing the importance of his work for contemporary theology and spirituality.

In this volume Stephen Hildebrand brings together various aspects of Basil’s thought into a single whole and explores his uniqueness and creativity as a theologian. The book engages specialized scholarship on Basil but makes his thought accessible to a wider audience.


“This is a wonderful book on one of the great thinkers of the ancient Christian world. It offers the reader a broad window onto his personality and writing in a radiantly lively way. It will be a standard book for students and all those interested in early Christian theology.” – John McGuckin, Columbia University

“Basil is a pivotal figure in the history of the church, and his biblical interpretation is no small part of this achievement. We cannot begin to understand his prodigies of charitable activity or ecclesiastical administration until we understand his ascesis and his contemplative approach to Scripture. This book is more than a look back. At a time when the world is regaining an appreciation of social doctrine, spiritual discipline, and patristic exegesis, it is a way forward.” – Scott Hahn, Franciscan University of Steubenville

“Basil of Caesarea is the giant of the fourth-century theologians, and he intimidates many who approach his works today. Here lies the value of Stephen Hildebrand’s book: he introduces us not to a part of Basil’s thought but to his theology as a whole. Moreover, he introduces not merely a corpus of ancient texts but also their author. This is a valuable book not only for historians of theology but for anyone who wants to understand the role of theology in late antiquity.” – Thomas O’Loughlin, University of Nottingham


Stephen M. Hildebrand (PhD, Fordham University) is professor of theology and director of the theology graduate program at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio. He is the author of The Trinitarian Theology of Basil of Caesarea and has published a translation of On the Holy Spirit.

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