"Filled with the Gifts of God": The Holy Spirit as Agent of Virtue Formation in the Participatory Pneumatology of Didymus the Blind
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This thesis analyzes the pneumatology of Didymus the Blind as expressed in three of his writings: the Commentary on Genesis, the Commentary on Zechariah, and On the Holy Spirit. It attends specifically to the relationship between this pneumatology and Didymus’s concept of virtue formation. Chapters 1 and 2 provide a survey of the state of Didymean scholarship and a sketch of his biography. Chapter 3 identifies the concept of virtue formation that Didymus espouses in the Commentary on Genesis and the Commentary on Zechariah, while chapter 4 describes the pneumatology of On the Holy Spirit. Finally, chapter 5 draws together the observations of chapters 3 and 4 to demonstrate their interconnectedness and to argue that the pneumatology which Didymus constructs in On the Holy Spirit is, in fact, the underlying source of agency for the notion of virtue formation that he develops in his commentaries on Genesis and Zechariah.