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Introduction

Hilarion Alfeyev

in St. Symeon the New Theologian and Orthodox Tradition

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270096
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683893 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270096.003.0001

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Introduction

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Symeon the New Theologian is one of the most outstanding Fathers of the Eastern Church. Almost ten centuries after his death, his teachings on the vision of God as light, on sanctity and dispassion, on ecstasy and deification, still attract many Christians who find inspiration in his writings. This book argues that in Symeon we find a mysticism that is absolutely traditional, in the Orthodox sense of the term. It attempts to determine Symeon's place in Orthodox tradition, to find out his background, and to compare his teaching with that of his predecessors. The focus is mostly on such aspects of his theology as have not been specially discussed in the existing literature, including his biblical approach, that is, his understanding of Scripture and his exegetical method; his attitude towards church worship and its influence on him.

Keywords: Symeon the New Theologian; Eastern Church; Orthodox tradition; God; deification; mysticism; Scripture; church worship; Studite; theology

Chapter.  3089 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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