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Alexander Abecina


PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge (supervisor: Thomas Graumann)

M. A. Theological Studies, Regent College, Vancouver (thesis supervisors: Hans Boersma and John Behr)

Grad Dip. Christian Studies, Regent College, Vancouver

B.Sc (Physics), University of Technology, Sydney

Ordained as Deacon in the Anglican Church of Australia, Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn

Subject area and speciality

History of Christianity specialists:

Gregory of Nyssa's Christology and Pneumatology

Late antiquity specialists:

Gregory of Nyssa's Christology and Pneumatology

Research Interests

Gregory of Nyssa

Patristic Theology

Biblical Studies

Philosophy of Religion

Science and Religion

History and Philosophy of Science


Key Publications

Journal Articles:

The Unity of Christ and the Anointing of the Spirit in Gregory of Nyssa's Antirrheticus adversus Apolinarium (Modern Theology, forthcoming 2019)

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)



Power in Weakness: Pneumatology in Gregory of Nyssa's De virginitate (XVIII. International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, 19 August - 24 August 2019, Accepted)


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