Gregory of Nyssas Tabernacle Imagery in Its Jewish and Christian Contexts

Hardcover | October 29, 2014

byAnn Conway-Jones

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Intergrating patristics and early Jewish mysticism, this book examines Greogry of Nyssa's tabernacle imagery, as found in Life of Moses 2. 170-201. Previous scholarship has often focused on Gregory's interpretation of the darkness on Mount Sinai as divine incomprehensibility. However, true toExodus, Gregory continues with Moses's vision of the tabernacle "not made with hands" received within that darkness. This innovative methodology of heuristic comparison doesn't strive to prove influence, but to use heavenly ascent textsas a foil, in order to shed new light on Gregory's imagery. AnnConway-Jones presents a well-rounded, nuanced understanding of Gregory's exegesis, in which mysticism, theology, and politics are intertwined. Heavenly ascent texts use descriptions of religious experience to claim authoritative knowledge. For Gregory, the high point of Moses's ascent into the darkness of Mount Sinai is the mystery of Christian doctrine. The heavenly tabernacle is a type of the heavenly Christ. This mystery is beyondintellectual comprehension, it can only be grasped by faith; and only the select few, destined for positions of responsibility, should even attempt to do so.

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Intergrating patristics and early Jewish mysticism, this book examines Greogry of Nyssa's tabernacle imagery, as found in Life of Moses 2. 170-201. Previous scholarship has often focused on Gregory's interpretation of the darkness on Mount Sinai as divine incomprehensibility. However, true toExodus, Gregory continues with Moses's visio...

Ann Conway-Jones is an Accredited Lay Worker of the Church of England, who has worked in a parish and as a university chaplain. She has long been involved in Jewish-Christian relations, and is now joint Honorary Secretary of the Council of Christians and Jews. Dr Conway-Jones teaches theology in both academic and church settings; and ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198715390

ISBN - 13:9780198715399

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DedicationPrefaceAbbreviations1. Gregory, the Tabernacle, and Heavenly Ascent2. Gregory of Nyssa and Life of Moses3. Biblical Contexts4. Alexandrian Context5. Heavenly Ascent Context6. Darkness7. The Tabernacle Not Made with Hands8. Christological Interpretation9. Divine Names10. Heavenly Powers11. The Earthly Tabernacle12. Heavenly and Earthly Worship13. The Holy of Holies14. The Priestly Vestments15. The Value of Heuristic ComparisonConclusionsAppendix: Translation of Life of Moses 1.46-56, 61; 2.162-201GlossaryBibliography