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Introduction

Luke Dysinger OSB

in Psalmody and Prayer in the Writings of Evagrius Ponticus

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780199273201
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602986 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199273200.003.0001

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion on the debates surrounding the influence of Evagrius Ponticus’ writings in the Christian East and West. The main thesis of this volume is then described, namely, the analysis of Evagrius’ practice of the discipline of psalmody. A connection between the seemingly disparate aspects of Evagrius’ mystical theory is sought by approaching the relationship between psalmody and prayer from three perspectives: Evagrius’ life, works, and spiritual doctrine; his recommendations concerning the usefulness of psalmody in the healing of the passions; and Evagrius’ ‘undisclosed psalmody’.

Keywords: Evagrius Ponticus; psalmody; prayer; Christianity

Chapter.  2639 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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