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Published: 19 February 2015

274 Pages


ISBN: 9780198724940

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The Role of Death in the Ladder of Divine Ascent and the Greek Ascetic Tradition

Jonathan L. Zecher

Oxford Early Christian Studies

  • Offers a holistic understanding of John Climacus' contribution to ascetic spirituality as Christian identity-formation.
  • Examines a range of Greek Christian ascetic literature of the centuries leading up to Climacus' own lifetime in either the late sixth or mid-seventh centuries.
  • Discusses a number of interrelated practices treated throughout the literature: obedience, renunciation, exile, humility, non-judgment, dispassion, and the denial of one's individual will.