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Isaac of Nineveh: Background and Context

Patrik Hagman

in The Asceticism of Isaac of Nineveh

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199593194
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595677 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593194.003.0002

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Isaac of Nineveh: Background and Context

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After providing a short biography of Isaac of Nineveh, the chapter proceeds by discussing the most important influences on his thinking. Of particular importance is the tradition of the East Syrian Church and the theologies of Theodore of Mopsuestia, Evagrios of Pontos and John of Apamea, as well as the Sayings of the Desert Fathers. After this some aspects of Isaac's own theology is presented, i.e. his understanding of God as love, pedagogue and present in the world in the form of providence. Isaac's view of the devil and the demons is also discussed. The purpose of this discussion is to give the reader a sense of Isaac's particular theological worldview.

Keywords: Isaac of Nineveh; Theodore of Mopsuestia; Evagrios of Pontos; John of Apamea; theology; demons

Chapter.  13056 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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