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Alexander L Abecina


PhD Candidate

MA Theological Studies

BSc (Physics)


The Crosse Studentship (full tuition + stipend) 

Peterhouse Graduate Studentship (full tuition + stipend)


CV available on request



Subject area and speciality

History of Christianity specialists:

Gregory of Nyssa's In Canticum canticorum

Late antiquity specialists:

Gregory of Nyssa's In Canticum canticorum

Research Interests

Gregory of Nyssa

Patristics & Early Christian Studies

Systematic Theology

Philosophy of Religion

History and Philosophy of Science

Other Professional Activities

Member of the North American Patristics Society (NAPS)


Key Publications

Journal Articles:

--- Power in Weakness: Pneumatology in Gregory of Nyssa's De virginitate, Chapters 7 - 13. Studia Patristica (Leuven: Peeters, 2021, forthcoming)

--- Doctrinal Development or Not? Reframing Gregory of Nyssa's Contra Eunomium, Book 3, Noesis Review, Issue 6 (2019, forthcoming)

--- The Unity of Christ and the Anointing of the Spirit in Gregory of Nyssa's Antirrheticus adversus Apolinarium. Modern Theology 35.4 (October, 2019), 728-45 (

--- Trinitarian Spirit-Christology in Gregory of Nyssa: A Ressourcement of Homilies on the Song of Songs, Noesis Review, Issue 5 (2018)

--- Gregory of Nyssa’s Change of Mind about the Heart, Journal of Theological Studies vol. 68.1 (2017) 121 -140. (  

Book Chapters:

--- Gregory of Nyssa on Suffering and Evil in T & T Clark Companion (Edited volume) (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming under contract)

Book Reviews:

--- Grégoire de Nysse: Lettre canonique: Lettre sur la Pythonisse et six homélies pastorales. Edited and translated by Pierre Maraval. Journal of Theological Studies (2019). (


--- Time and Sacramentality in Gregory of Nyssa’s Contra Eunomium, Early Christian Studies 16. Edited by Pauline Allen, Geoffrey Dunn and Bronwen Neil. Strathfield: St. Paul’s Publications, 2013 (

Reviewed by:

Prof. Matthieu Cassin, Revue d’Histoire Ecclésiastique 110.1-2 (2015): 328

Prof. Lionel Wickham, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 65.4 (2014): 876 – 878

Prof. Stuart G. Hall, Journal of Theological Studies 65.1 (2014): 294 – 296

Dr. Mario Baghos, Journal of Religious History 37 (2013): 586 – 587


Cited in:

David Grummet, Material Eucharist (OUP, 2016)

Basil Lourié, Temporality and a Metric for Created Natures, Scrinium: Journal of Patrology and Critical Hagiography 12 (2016): 340 - 351

Hans Boersma, Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa (OUP, 2013)



--- The Concept of δύναμις (Power) in Fourth Century Theology, Colloquium Adamantianum IV: Christianity and Philosophy in Late Antiquity (with Prof. Mark Edwards, Oxford University), Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism, 12 October 2019, Clare College, Cambridge.

--- Power in Weakness: Pneumatology in Gregory of Nyssa's De virginitate (XVIII. International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, 19 August - 24 August 2019) (anticipated publication in Studia Patristica journal (Peeters: Leuven), 2020).

--- Respondent, Workshop: Re-thinking Origen and Fourth Century Theology (XVIII. International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, 19 August - 24 August 2019)


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