On Ascetical Life

On Ascetical Life

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by St. Isaac of Nineveh, Mary Hansbury
     
 

ISBN-10: 0881410772

ISBN-13: 9780881410778

Pub. Date: 09/01/1989

Publisher: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press

Isaac of Nineveh was a native of Bet Qatraye near present-day Bahrain on the Persian Gulf. A teacher and monk, he was consecrated bishop (ca. 660-680), but preferred to live out his live as an anchorite. A Scriptural scholar, he studies Scripture so much that he became blind and had to dictate his writings. He died at an advance age and was buried in Rabban Shabur,

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Isaac of Nineveh was a native of Bet Qatraye near present-day Bahrain on the Persian Gulf. A teacher and monk, he was consecrated bishop (ca. 660-680), but preferred to live out his live as an anchorite. A Scriptural scholar, he studies Scripture so much that he became blind and had to dictate his writings. He died at an advance age and was buried in Rabban Shabur, where he spent most of his monastic life.

St Isaac's monastic anthropology has a major influence on all of Byzantine spiritual literature. The way toward God, in his writing, was threefold: the way of the body, the way of the soul, and the way of the spirit. In the first stage, the person begins with a total preoccupation with the passions and moves toward God by means of bodily works: fasting, vigils, and psalmody. The next stage involves a struggle against thoughts foreign to the nature of the soul, turning from created objects to the contemplation of God's wisdom and a transformation within. As the person arrives at a total openness of the soul to the future hope, he proceeds to the final stage of unified knowledge, which is an attitude of wonder and praise in continual prayer to God, leading to the freedom of immortal life that is given after the resurrection.

This translation, by Mary Hansbury, of St Isaac of Nineveh's work On the Ascetical Life is based on the Syriac text edited by P. Bedjan in Mar Isaacus Ninivita, De Perfectione Religiosa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881410778
Publisher:
St. Vladimir's Seminary Press
Publication date:
09/01/1989
Series:
Popular Patristics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
116
Sales rank:
856,882
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 7.24(h) x 0.22(d)

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On Ascetical Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is an absolutely indispensable resource for those who seek a deeper meaning of spirituality. Building on the foundations of the Holy Scriptures and his own experience as an hermit in the desert he describes the way to know God as through reading the Scriptures, fasting, prayer, and contemplation in a way no one has since described it.