Theodore the Stoudite: The Ordering of Holiness

Paperback | July 6, 2009

byRoman Cholij

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This is the first modern study in English of the life and thought of the ninth-century Byzantine theologian and monastic reformer, Theodore the Stoudite. Cholij provides a guide to and a complete analysis of all the primary source material attributed to Theodore. If the monastic leader isconsidered in the context of the tradition to which he belonged, it is clear that his religious formation occurred within a widely established school of Basilian and Palestinian Christian thought. This encourages a fresh engagement with the subtleties in Theodore's behaviour towards the Byzantinereligious and secular leaders of his time and provokes new conclusions concerning the religious and secular issues which involved Theodore in controversy. Cholij refutes the established view of Theodore as a breaker of the traditional; Byzantine church and state relationship and provides newinsights into Theodore's true understanding of the involvement of the Emperor in church affairs. In his analysis of the rites of holiness that belonged to Theodore's church, the author identifies a false tradition of sacramental mysteries in a misreading of Pseudo-Dionysios the Areopagite and sooffers a radically new definition of the origins of the Orthodox sacramental tradition.

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This is the first modern study in English of the life and thought of the ninth-century Byzantine theologian and monastic reformer, Theodore the Stoudite. Cholij provides a guide to and a complete analysis of all the primary source material attributed to Theodore. If the monastic leader isconsidered in the context of the tradition to wh...

Roman R. Cholij is a well-respected OUP author.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:July 6, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199566976

ISBN - 13:9780199566976

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Biography1. Life and Times of Theodore the StouditePart 2: Principles of Order2. Obedience and Authority3. Church and EmperorPart 3: Principles of Holiness4. Rites of Sanctification5. Baptism, Eucharist, and Heresy6. Sanctification of Lay Person and MonkGeneral Conclusions

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"Those who wish to enter more fully into the characteristic concerns of Byzantine religion will do well to take Dr Cholij's book as their starting point.'" --(Journal of Theological Studies)