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Author Hunt, Hannah.

Title Joy-bearing grief : tears of contrition in the writings of the early Syrian and Byzantine fathers / by Hannah Hunt
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 269 pages)
Series The medieval Mediterranean, 0928-5520 ; v. 57
Medieval Mediterranean ; v. 57
Contents Sect. I. Introduction -- Sect. II. The call to repentance from the desert -- Ch. 1. The desert tradition -- Ch. 2. The place of Klimakos within the desert tradition -- Ch. 3. Exegesis of step 7 of The ladder of divine ascent -- Sect. III. 'She bathed his feet with her tears' : ephremic interpretations of Luke 7.36-50 -- Ch. 4. The early Syrian perspective -- Ch. 5. The context of Syrian commentaries on the 'sinful woman' -- Sect. IV. 'That sweet life-restoring sorrow of which the apostle spoke' : Isaac of Ninevah's teachings on tears of repentance -- Ch. 6. The Sitz im Leben of Isaac -- Ch. 7. Encratism and human integrity -- Ch. 8. Hierarchies of the spiritual state -- Ch. 9. Humanity's filiation with God -- Sect. V. 'You will see him whom no man has seen' : Symeon the New Theologian's reappropriation of the desert teachings -- Ch. 10. Context and biography -- Ch. 11. Symeon's sources and influences : Messalianism, Donatism and Macarius -- Ch. 12. Eulabes as the New Theologian's prime source -- Ch. 13. Symeon the New Theologian and Penthos -- Ch. 14. The authority of Penthos and its sacramental roots
Summary "This volume is the first full-length study of penthos (tears of contrition) since Hausherr's in 1944. It traces its exposition in the early eastern Christian tradition, through detailed analysis of Greek and Syriac texts by Klimakos, Ephrem, Isaac and Symeon the New Theologian. It suggests why such weeping is, for these writers, a joyful as well as a sobering experience, and it places their writings in their historical and geographical context, giving some lexicographical background. Issues of religious anthropology, and the unusual choice of a female exegete in the person of the 'sinful woman' (Luke 7.36-50) are considered. The conclusion points the way to an appropriate theological interpretation of these teachings and highlights modern, non-monastic examples of joy-bearing, penitent grief."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-261) and indexes
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Orthodox Eastern Church -- Doctrines -- History.
Crying -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History of doctrines
Fathers of the church, Greek.
Fathers of the church, Syriac.
Repentance -- Christianity -- History of doctrines.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004054595
ISBN 1429429151 (electronic bk.)
1433706865 (electronic bk.)
9781429429153 (electronic bk.)
9781433706868 (electronic bk.)