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Published: 11 November 2014

320 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198715399

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Gregory of Nyssa's Tabernacle Imagery in Its Jewish and Christian Contexts

Ann Conway-Jones

Oxford Early Christian Studies

  • Explores the Jewish roots of Christian mysticism with an in-depth case study.
  • Initiates a conversation between two different fields of study: patristics and early Jewish mysticism.
  • Investigates the tabernacle imagery in Gregory of Nyssa's treatise The Life of Moses.
  • Identifies Gregory's biblical sources as well as the influences of both his Alexandrian predecessors (Philo, Clement, Origen) and his fourth century theological context.
  • Compares and contrasts Gregory's work with Hellenistic and Late Antique heavenly ascent texts, Jewish and Christian. The scholarship on these texts is mined for new questions to be asked of Life of Moses.
  • Presents a well-rounded, nuanced understanding of Gregory's exegesis, in which mysticism, theology, and politics are intertwined.