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The Psalter as Spiritual Weapon

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/10.1093/0199273200.003.0006

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Psalter as Spiritual Weapon

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Evagrius believed that the spiritual benefits of chanting the psalms went beyond the calming effect of psalmody on the passions. The soul is in continuous warfare against demons that employ logismoi (tempting thoughts) to prevent humans from praying or perceiving God. The Book of Psalms is a valuable weapon that provides models of spiritual progress, as well as a means by which prayer and contemplation may be attained. Evagrius recommends the practice of psalmody in the Praktikos, Antirrhetikos, and De oratione. Psalms in the Antirrhetikos and antirrhetic texts in the Scholia on Psalms are discussed.

Keywords: Evagrius Ponticus; psalmody; psalter; spiritual weapon; prayer

Chapter.  8905 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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