The Influence of Symeon the Studite on Symeon the New Theologian

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:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Influence of Symeon the Studite on Symeon the New Theologian

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This chapter focuses on Symeon the Studite's influence over his disciple Symeon the New Theologian. It has been stated that the writings by the Studite do not provide ‘any definite clue to help us understand the reason why he was able to exercise…profound influence on Symeon…’. This chapter indicates some points of correspondence between the two Symeons, providing at least some ideas about the nature of the Studite's influence. Of course, Symeon was primarily influenced by the personality and mystical gifts of his teacher, but in so far as the writings of the latter reflect his spirituality, they were also important for Symeon, who quoted them as a written testament of his spiritual father. Symeon the Studite's ascetical approach is discussed, along with Symeon the New Theologian's development of Symeon the Studite's ascetical ideas. The mysticism of the two Symeons is also considered. In the ‘Ascetical Discourse’, which is the only surviving writing of the Studite, the basic themes are tears and compunction, prayer, and ascetical practice.

Keywords: Symeon the Studite; Symeon the New Theologian; spirituality; mysticism; prayer; ascetical ideas; Ascetical Discourse; tears; compunction

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Subjects: Early Christianity

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