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Corpus Christianorum
Maximus the Confessor
Ambigua to Thomas and Second Letter to Thomas

J. Lollar
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144 p., 156 x 234 mm, 2009
ISBN: 978-2-503-53154-0
Languages: English
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Maximus the Confessor, a monk and theologian of the seventh century, was a transmitter and creative interpreter of the dogmatic and ascetical traditions of the Greek-speaking Church, and an innovative mind in his own right. An important figure on the theological landscape of his day, he became deeply involved in the post-Chalcedonian Christological controversies concerning the natures, activities (energies), and wills in Christ, eventually suffering at the hands of the imperial authorities for his rejection of certain imperial dogmatic decrees. These decrees in his view denied the principle of the salvation of the cosmos: the perfect communion of divinity and humanity - as preserved in their own proper natures - in the one Christ. He died in exile on the Black Sea coast, soon after his trial in Constantinople, in 662.

The Ambigua to Thomas are a collection of chapters devoted to the exposition of passages from Gregory Nazianzen and Ps. Denys the Areopagite. Maximus uses the texts as a means of expounding the meaning of the perfect union of divinity and humanity in the one Christ, arriving ultimately at an interpretation of the phrase from Denys, which affirmed that Christ "conducted his life among us according to a certain new theandric activity."

The source text of this volume appeared in Corpus Christianorum Series Graeca as Maximus Confessor - Ambigua ad Thomam una cum epistula secunda ad eundem (CCSG 48). References to the corresponding pages of the Corpus Christianorum edition are provided in the margins of this translation.

Joshua Lollar is currently conducting research at the Theology Department of the University of Notre Dame (USA).


"For bringing to us the metaphysical vision of Maximus the Confessor about the Incarnation of Christ in a scholarly, rigorous and yet accessible form, Janssens and Lollar are owed our hearty thanks. Lollar in particular has much more to offer Maximus scholars as he presses on to translate the lengthy Ambigua to John." (Adam G. Cooper, in: Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique, 108/1, 2013, p. 45-64).

Series Branch:
Corpus Christianorum
Corpus Christianorum in Translation
Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Theology & Theologians
Eastern Fathers
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Greek literature
Byzantine Greek literature

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