Psalmody and Prayer in the Writings of Evagrius Ponticus

Hardcover | April 4, 2005

byLuke Dysinger OSB

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Evagrius Ponticus was the most prolific writer of the Christian Desert Fathers. This book is a study of his life, works, and theology. It gives particular attention to his little-studied exegetical treatises, especially the Scholia on Psalms, as well as his better-known works, in order topresent a more balanced picture of Evagrius the monk. The practice of psalmody in Northern Egyptian monastic communities of the late fourth century is explored, as is Evagrius' understanding of psalmody's healing properties, and his recommendation of memorized scripture as a spiritual weapon againsttemptation. Further chapters discuss Evagrius' model of spiritual progress and his use of medical terminology and theory; the logoi of providence and judgement and their use in Christian contemplation; and Evagrius' controversial Christology and his work, the Kephalaia Gnostica.

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Evagrius Ponticus was the most prolific writer of the Christian Desert Fathers. This book is a study of his life, works, and theology. It gives particular attention to his little-studied exegetical treatises, especially the Scholia on Psalms, as well as his better-known works, in order topresent a more balanced picture of Evagrius the ...

Father Luke Dysinger is a monk of Saint Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, California and Assistant Professor in the Department of Moral Theology and Church History, Saint John's Seminary, Camarillo, California.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 4, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199273200

ISBN - 13:9780199273201

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Life and Thought of Evagrius Ponticus2. The Monastic Discipline of Psalmody3. Evagrius on Exegesis and Psalmody4. Psalmody as Spiritual Remedy5. The Psalter as Spiritual Weapon6. The Psalter as Contemplative VisionConclusion