Basil of Caesarea
b. AD 330 – d. AD 379 • Bishop • Theologian
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Basil, St
Basil, Stthe Great’ (c. 330–79 [or possibly slightly earlier]). One of the three *Cappadocian Fathers. He was the brother of St *Gregory of Nyssa and St *Macrina. After being educated at Caesarea in Cappadocia, *Constantinople, and *Athens in the best pagan and Christian culture of his day, he forsook
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Basil the Great, St.
Basil the Great (St.).—Archbishop of Cæsarea, in Cappadocia; was born at Cæsarea, about the year 330. Two of his brothers, Gregory and Peter, became bishops, the former of Nyssa, the latter of Sebaste, and are also honored by the Church as saints. Basil studied with great success at Athens, where he
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Basil of Caesarea
Basil of Caesarea (330–79). Also known as Basil the Great. One of the chief theologians of the second generation after the Council of ⇒Nicaea, who continued the work of ⇒Athanasius in favor of the Trinitarian doctrine, and was also a reformer of the liturgy, a social activist, and one of the principal
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
Basil of Caesarea
Basil of CaesareaAlso known as Basil the Great, Basil (c. 330–379) was the brother of Gregory of Nyssa and friend of Gregory of Nazianzus. The three are known as the Cappadocian Fathers. In 364 Eusebius of Caesarea called him to defend orthodoxy, and he succeeded Eusebius as bishop of Caesarea in 370.
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Basil of Caesarea, St.
Basil of Caesarea, St. (c. 330–379). Often called Basil the Great and distinguished as one of the three *Cappadocian fathers who helped to define orthodoxy at the *Council of Constantinople in 381, Basil lived as a hermit monk before being called out of seclusion in 364 to confront a resurgent form of
A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines, Volumes I–IV
Basilius, Bishop of Caesareia
BASILIUS, bishop of CAESAREIA in Cappadocia, commonly called Basil the Great, the strenuous champion of orthodoxy in the East, the restorer of union to the divided Oriental Church, and the promoter of unity between the East and the West, was born at Caesareia (originally called Mazaca), the capital of
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Basil the Great
Basil the Great (ca. 330–79). A bishop of Caesarea. He was born into a wealthy Christian family in Pontus. After receiving a good education both at home and in Athens, he returned to Caesarea in 356 as a teacher of rhetoric. A year later he was baptized and, following a visit to monastic communities
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Basil the Great
BASIL the Great (pseudo). The Tractatus de consolatione in adversis, a short work composed probably in *Gaul on the occasion of the epidemic of 580, seems to have been written to console its readers, exhorting them to accept their sorrows in the light of Christ’s redemptive work. It was previously identified
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
BASIL. Basil was born into a wealthy Christian family in about 330 ce at Caesarea in Cappadocia and was trained in rhetoric in Constantinople and Athens. He became attracted to ascetic life when he returned to Caesarea, but soon after his ordination entered the christological debates of his time at the
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
Basil of Caesarea (c. 329–379)
BASIL OF CAESAREA (c. 329–379)Basil of Caesarea, also called Basil the Great, was the leading figure of the group of three Cappadocian Fathers who championed Nicene orthodoxy against the *Arians in the later fourth century. *Gregory of Nazianzus, the second of the group, formed a close friendship with
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Basil the Great
BASIL THE GREAT (c. 330–379)Early church fatherBasil was born into one of the remarkable families of Christian history. His grandmother, Macrina, his father, Basil, his mother, Emilia, his sister, Macrina, and his two younger brothers, Gregory of Nyssa and Peter, bishop of Sebaste, were all venerated