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Isaac's Eschatology

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/9780199593194.003.0008

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Isaac's Eschatology

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Since Isaac's eschatological universalism is probably the area of his thinking that has gathered most attention, this chapter provides a fresh treatment of his teaching on life after death, in particular his original views on Gehenna as limited in time and the apokatastasis panton. However, for this study the questions of how his eschatology relates to his asceticism is important, and the notion of the resurrection of the body provides important clues to the way Isaac understands the role of the body in asceticism. Isaac's criticism of society is also further fleshed out when his descriptions of the future world are sharply contrasted with life in this one.

Keywords: eschatology; universalism; Gehenna; apokatastasis panton; resurrection

Chapter.  7938 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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