The Concept of the Body

Patrik Hagman

in The Asceticism of Isaac of Nineveh

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199593194
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595677 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Concept of the Body

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This chapter explores the different ways Isaac talks about the body. The chapter starts by showing the diversity in ways of relating body, mind and soul among the authors Isaac have studies, Evagrios, Theodore and John of Apamea. After that the two most important contexts in which Isaac discusses the body are studied, namely the way the body functions in the prayer life of the ascetic and the way Isaac understand the body as the seat of the passions. The chapter argues that Isaac is here actually talking of the body in two contrasting ways, in effect talking about two different bodies. This proves to be important for the way Isaac's asceticism functions, so that the body in different contexts functions as a symbol for completely different aspects of the human being.

Keywords: body; soul; prayer; passions

Chapter.  21602 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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