MARY: THE UNTRODDEN PORTAL OF GOD BY GEORGE S. GABRIEL
This is a treatise of a grand theme by a renowned and respected Orthodox theologian and writer. Dr. George S. Gabriel joins together powerful theological contemplation and meticulous writing in this well-researched study of a primary mystery of ancient Christian faith: the unspeakable mystery of Mary who, offering herself as the ground where the Creator descended to meet His creation, mothered God in human flesh.
Proceeding from the Apostolic teaching that the Incarnation is an eternal mystery which was operating from the beginning yet "hidden from the ages," the author brings the light of the Holy Fathers to bear on the Virgin's ontological as well as soteriological role.
The central themes ... are given in a comparative and historical perspective demonstrating the unique, solid unity of the doctrine of the Virgin with Orthodox theology.
Dr. Gabriel's perspective comes out of the living experience of the Church and not from sterile reasoning.... He shares with us a deep understanding of both the liturgical tradition and the writings of the Holy Fathers, which he studies in their original language.... His writings are a far cry from the dry academic tradition and always add a fresh vitality and meaningful dimension to the discussion of the ancient patristic faith. By relating the Virgin to so many aspects of Orthodox theology, including the doctrine of icons... Dr. Gabriel also presents to us a mosaic of the Orthodox Christian faith and ethos. — Dr. John Kalomiros, Epignosis Quarterly, Thessalonica
The author holds the Ph.D. in Orthodox theology from the Academie de Paris Saint-Denys Institut de Theologie Orthodoxe de Paris, France. He is the English translator of The Ancestral Sin by Fr. John Romanides.
Fully footnoted and indexed, with six monochrome icon plates, and three appendices.