The three theophanies in Gregory of Nyssa’s Life of Moses

In the second book of the Life of Moses, Gregory presents his idea of the way towards human perfection as the renewal of God’s image in humans. In his argumentation, he uses various approaches, but in all of them there is one strong unifying undercurrent: All this human strife depends on, and is meaningful because of, what Christ has done for humanity. This connection between anthropology and Christology strongly comes to the fore in the three places of the work Life of Moses where God reveals himself to Moses: (1) the theophany in the burning bush; (2) the theophany in darkness on Sinai; (3) the revelation of God’s glory.