Scripture in the Works of St Gregory the Theologian, Margaret Beirne

Abstract: St Gregory the Theologian is rightly regarded as an exemplary scripture scholar although he never wrote a systematic biblical commentary. The value of his work lies rather in the breadth with which he applied the fruits of intense hermeneutical study and spiritual reflection. This richness extended also to his literary gifts and skills: his sage advice, limpid argument and lyrical poetry. Equally at home in debating the doctrinal controversies of his age as in responding to the needs of ordinary people, he achieved both with rare pastoral sensitivity and spiritual awareness. An appreciation of the potential of such a contribution for modern society is long overdue.

Bio: Sister Margaret Beirne is a Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College, and Director of Research at the Sydney College of Divinity. Her principal areas of research are in New Testament Studies and Ignatian Spirituality. She holds degrees in English, Mathematics, Education and Theology. After thirty years of teaching and administration in secular eduaction, Margaret went to the École Biblique in Jerusalem to begin research for a doctoral thesis on the Gospel according to John. On her return to Sydney, she began lecturing at the Centre for Christian Spirituality, Randwick, while continuing to work on her doctoral thesis. In 2000, she graduated with a DTheol from the Melbourne College of Divinity. Her thesis was published by Sheffield Academic Press in 2003: Women and Men in the Fourth Gospel: A Genuine Discipleship of Equals.