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Proclaiming the Gospel with Miraculous Gifts in the Postbiblical Early Church

6Gregory of Nyssa, Life of Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus, Patrologiae cursus completus. Series Graeca, ed. J. P. Migne (Paris: J. P. Migne, 1857-66), 46:cols. 893-958 (henceforth PG).

7Basil of Cappadocia, On the Holy Spirit 74, NPF 2nd series 8:46-47.

8Gregory of Nyssa, Life of Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus, PG 46: cols. 893-958.

9Socrates, Ecclesiastical History 27, NPF 2nd series 2:111-112.

10Jerome, Lives of Illustrious Men 65, NPF 2nd series 3: 376.

11Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History 6.30, NPF 2nd series 1: 275-6.

12On the Holy Spirit, NPF 2nd series 8: 1-50.

13Gregory Nazianzen, The Panegyric on St. Basil 63, NPF 2nd series 7: 416.

14Augustine, On the Trinity, NPF 1st series 3: 17-228.

15Augustine, City of God 22.8, NPF 1st series 2: 490.

16Augustine, City of God 10.12, NPF 1st series 2: 188-89.


18Augustine, The Epistle of St. John homily 6.13, NPF 1st series 7: 500.

19Augustine, On the Gospel of St. John 32.7, NPF 1st series 7: 195.

20Augustine, Homily 6.10 (on the Epistles of St. John), NPF 1st series 7: 497-8; On Baptism 3.16.21, NPF 1st series 4:443; On the Gospel of St. John 32.7, NPF 1st series 7:195.

21Gregory the Great, Homiliae in Evangelia, Patrologia cursus completus. Series Latina, ed. J. P. Migne (Paris: J. P. Migne, 1844-1904), 76: col. 1091 (henceforth PL).

22Gregory the Great, Dialogues, trans. Odo John Zimmerman (New York: Fathers of the Church, 1959), 6.

23Dialogues 2 prologue, Zimmerman 56.

24That I Cor. 14:24-25 refers to prophetic revelation which includes supernatural insight into the secrets of people’s hearts is noted by A. Oepke, TDNT, vol. 3, p. 976, n. 42; and Wayne Grudem, The Gift of Prophecy, pp. 136-137.

25Dialogues 2.13, 15, 16, 26, 30, 32; Zimmerman 77-78, 80, 81, 83, 95, 98, 101.

26Dialogues 3.33, Zimmerman 172-73.

27Gregory the Great, Homiliae in Evangelia, PL 76:cols 1075-1312.

28Gregory the Great, Homiliae in Hiezechihelem prophetam, ed. M. Adriaen, Corpus Christianorum Series Latina 142 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1971), 254-255 (henceforth CCL).

29Gregory the Great, Letters 3.61, 8.29, CCL 140 and 140a, ed. D. Norberg, (Turnhout: Brepols, 1982), 209-211, 550-553.

30Gregory the Great, Moralia in Iob, ed. M. Adriaen, CCL 143b (Turnhout: Brepols, 1979-85), 1346.

31See Stanley M. Burgess, The Spirit and the Church: Antiquity (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1984), 65-68.

32Sulpicius Severus. Dialogi 2.5, 3.10, Corpus scriptorum ecclesiasticorum latinorum, ed. C. Halm (Vienna, 1866), 1:186, 208.

33Dialogues 3 prologue, Zimmerman 111-114.

34Athanasius, Life of Antony, PG 26:cols. 835-975; NPF 2nd series 4: 188-221.

35Sources for the life of Pseudo-Macarius are Socrates, Ecclesiastical History 4.23, NPF 2nd series 2:107; Sozomen, Ecclesiastical History 3.14, NPF 2nd series 2:291; Palladius, Lausiac History 17, ed. Robert T. Meyer Ancient Christian Writers (New York: Newman Press, 1965), 34; Rufinus, History of the Monks 28, PL 21: cols.449-52, and Rufinus, Apology 1.19, NPF 2nd series 3:444.

36Historia monachorum in Aegypto, ed. A. J. Festugière, Subsidia hagiographica 53 (Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 1971). This work has been translated by Norman Russell (Oxford: Mowbray; Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, 1981).


Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the NIV®.

This chapter is from Gary S. Greig and Kevin N. Springer, eds., The Kingdom and the Power: Are Healing and the Spiritual Gifts Used by Jesus and the Early Church Meant for the Church Today? A Biblical Look at How to Bring the Gospel to the World with Power (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1993). Used with permission.

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Category: Church History, Summer 2008

About the Author: Stanley M. Burgess received a BA and MA from the University of Michigan and a PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has taught history for 57 years and was Distinguished Professor of Christian History, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia (2004–2011). He has written numerous scholarly articles on church history and the history of Christianity as well as several books, including The Spirit and the Church: Antiquity (Hendrickson), The Holy Spirit: Eastern Christian Traditions (Hendrickson), and The Holy Spirit: Medieval Roman Catholic and Reformation Traditions (Hendrickson), a documentary history of the Christian Peoples of the Spirit: A Documentary History of Pentecostal Spirituality from the Early Church to the Present (New York University Press, 2011), and was co-editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice (Oxford, 2012).

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