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The Psalter as Contemplative Vision

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/10.1093/0199273200.003.0007

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

The Psalter as Contemplative Vision

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Evagrius believed that that Book of Psalms afforded a vision of the whole creation, including the daily struggles of the praktike, as refulgent with divine meaning. The psalter can serve as a training ground for the Christian contemplative, a kind of workshop in which the gnostikos learns to perceive the divine logoi in the events of salvation history recounted in the psalms. This chapter examines the dynamic relationship between praktike and theoretike, and suggests a reciprocal relationship between spiritual progress and biblical exegesis.

Keywords: Evagrius Ponticus; psalmody; psalter; spiritual progress; biblical exegesis; Christ; Christian contemplative

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Subjects: Early Christianity

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