St Basil's eschatological vision: aspects of the recapitulation of history and the 'Eighth Day'

Mario Baghos

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Abstract

Throughout his writings, St Basil the Great puts forward a holistic eschatalogical vision whereby the glorious transfiguration of the world at the end of time was already precipitated on the very first day of the creation. This paper expounds upon various modern approaches to the concept of the eschaton before addressing St Basil's cosmological interpretations of the 'one day' of creation in the book of Genesis as subsuming within itself all of creation history from alpha to omega. Of course, this recapitulation includes within itself the 'eighth day,' traditionally understood as paradoxically transcending the seven days of creation and thereby identified with the eschatological state. It then seeks to expound upon the existential dimension of the eschatological state, the proper domain of which, for St Basil, was the life of the church.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-103
Number of pages19
JournalPhronema
Volume25
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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