Gregory Thaumaturgus the ‘Wonderworker’ (3rd cent.)

Greek author ( CPG 1763–94). Several of his works were translated into Syriac, the most important of which is a ‘Discourse on the Passible and Impassible in God’, addressed to Theopompus, whose Greek original is lost (ed. de Lagarde, 46–64; ET in Slusser, 152–73). His other works in Syriac include a ‘Treatise on Consubstantiality’ and a short work (also in Arabic) on the soul ( CPG 1773); this last is wrongly attributed to him (see Brock). A Life (BHO 356; ed. Bedjan; GT by Ryssel) and the panegyric on him by Gregory of Nyssa ( CPG 3184; ET in Slusser, 41–87) also survive in Syriac translation: these independently draw on local traditions.

    Primary Sources

    • CPG 1763–1794.
    • P.  Bedjan, Acta Martyrum et Sanctorum, vol. VI (1890–97), 83–106. (Syr. of Life)
    • P. de Lagarde, Analecta Syriaca (1858), 31–67.
    • J. B. Pitra, Analecta Sacra, vol. IV (1883), 82–133, 345–86. (LT)
    • V.  Ryssel, ‘Eine syrische Lebensgeschichte des Gregorius Thaumaturgus’, Theologische Zeitschrift aus der Schweiz 11 (1894), 228–54. (GT of Life ed. Bedjan)

    Secondary Sources

    • L.  Abramowski, ‘Die Schrift Gregors des Lehrers “ad Theopompum” und Philoxenus von Mabbug’, ZKG 89 (1978), 273–90.
    • S. P.  Brock, ‘Clavis Patrum Graecorum III 7717’, JTS ns 32 (1981), 176–8. (On the short treatise on the soul)
    • P.  Koetschau, ‘Zur Lebensgeschichte Gregors des Wunderthäters’, Zeitschrift für wissenschaftliche Theologie 41 (1898), 211–250.
    • I. Ramelli, ‘Gregorio il Taumaturgo nelle versioni siriache della sua biografia: alcune note’, in ‘Il gusto che fiorisce come palma’. Gregorio il Taumaturgo fra storia e agiografia, ed. B. Clausi and V.  Milazzo (Studia Ephemeridis Augustinianum 104; 2007), 243–60.
    • M. Slusser, St. Gregory Thaumaturgus, Life and Works (1998).
    • M.  van  Esbroeck, ‘The Syriac versions of the Panegyric of Gregory of Nyssa on Gregory the Wonderworker and of the Life of the same’, in SymSyr VIII, 1–13.


How to Cite This Entry

Sebastian P. Brock, “Gregory Thaumaturgus,” in Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage: Electronic Edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron M. Butts, George A. Kiraz and Lucas Van Rompay, https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Gregory-Thaumaturgus.

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Sebastian P. Brock, “Gregory Thaumaturgus,” in Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage: Electronic Edition, edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron M. Butts, George A. Kiraz and Lucas Van Rompay (Gorgias Press, 2011; online ed. Beth Mardutho, 2018), https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Gregory-Thaumaturgus.

Bibliography Entry Citation:

Brock, Sebastian P. “Gregory Thaumaturgus.” In Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage: Electronic Edition. Edited by Sebastian P. Brock, Aaron M. Butts, George A. Kiraz and Lucas Van Rompay. Digital edition prepared by David Michelson, Ute Possekel, and Daniel L. Schwartz. Gorgias Press, 2011; online ed. Beth Mardutho, 2018. https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Gregory-Thaumaturgus.

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