Theology and Hesychast Life in the Work of Saint Gregory Palamas

Publishing House Mitropolia Olteniei, Craiova, 2010, ISBN 978-973-1794-41-9

Theology and Hesychast Life in the Work of
Saint Gregory Palamas

The paper, printed with the blessing of His Eminence Irineu, the Archbishop of Craiova and Metropolitan Bishop of Oltenia, was tended and coordinated by Assoc. Father Picu Nelu Ocoleanu PhD, the holder of the Chair of Moral Theology within the Faculty of Theology of Craiova and Univ. Assist. Father Nicolae Răzvan Stan PhD, professor at the same faculty. The book brings together the works sustained within the International symposium called “Theology and hesychast life in the work of the Saint Gregory Palamas” organised at Tismana Monastery between 11-14 November 2009.

Important names of the national and international theology are encountered within the pages of the book, names of people who contributed in drafting the five sections: Theologia, Mystica, Homiletica, Philosophia and Historia. Concerning the importance of this paper, Assoc. Father Picu Ocoleanu, PhD, has said: “This volume, which gathers most of the lectures sustained within the symposium, does not thusly try to be a compendium of Palamas theology, but it approaches a focusing point where it can be continued from in the Romanian theological research of the Saint’s work. After all, this is the logic based on which the theological symposium of the Faculty of Theology of Craiova was thought since its first edition, and we hope it will continue further, starting right with its next edition dedicated to the theological and philosophical work of Saint Dionysius the Areopagite.”

The readers of the volume “Teologie si viata isihasta in opera Sfantului Grigorie Palama” (Theology and Hesychast Life in the Work of Saint Gregory Palamas) will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the main directions and dogmatic, mystic, homiletic, philosophic and historic ideas, resulted from the Palamas Theology. The work of high academic position and published in exceptional graphical conditions shall be completed by the next volume with studies outlined in the direction of the doctrine of another Holy Father of our Church: Dionysius the Areopagite.