Psalmody as Spiritual Remedy

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

Psalmody as Spiritual Remedy

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In De oratione 83, Evagrius presents his belief that psalmody serves as a spiritual remedy, a means by which the passions are calmed and the body’s disharmony is rectified. The basis of his faith in the efficacy of psalmody as spiritual remedy is his conviction that it is above all Christ who is encountered in the psalter. This chapter explores Evagrius’ understanding of the therapeutic power of psalmody, particularly its efficacy with regards to the healing of thumos, in light of his regular use of medical imagery, theory, and the title ‘Christ the physician’. Because of their significance as sources for Evagrius’ spiritual doctrine, the use of these categories by Origen and the Cappadocian fathers is emphasized.

Keywords: Evagrius Ponticus; psalmody; spiritual remedy; Origen; Cappadocian fathers; Christ

Chapter.  10681 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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