Evagrius on Exegesis and Psalmody

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:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Evagrius on Exegesis and Psalmody

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Psalmody and the recitation of other biblical texts served as the gateway to gnostike, the perception of the inner purposes of God beneath the letter of the text. Evagrius believed that the art of biblical exegesis, which is part of the gnostike, has its own methodology, just as the progressive vigilant study of the soul, which pertains to the praktike, has its proper methodology. This chapter discusses the five texts in which Evagrius reflects on the purpose and the goal of psalmody. These are De oratione 82, 83, 85, and 87; and Praktikos.

Keywords: Evagrius Ponticus; psalmody; prayer; gnostike; De oratione; Praktikos

Chapter.  16729 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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