Repentance in the Treatises of St Mark the Monk

Alexis Torrance

in Repentance in Late Antiquity

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199665365
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745065 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs

Repentance in the Treatises of St Mark the Monk

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The heart of this study belongs to the writings of St Mark the Monk, a fifth-century Greek-speaking ascetic theologian. What is known of his identity, as well as his influence, is outlined, before turning to his works. The suggested threefold framework of repentance, which emerges naturally from his oeuvre, is used to structure the chapter and the analysis of his treatises. Through a combination of his scriptural hermeneutics and deep knowledge and experience of the ascetic life, he elaborates a striking spirituality and mysticism whose axis, at all stages, is Christ’s commandment of repentance.

Keywords: Mark the Monk; Mark the Ascetic; Mark the Hermit; asceticism; ascetic theology; spirituality; mysticism; initial repentance; existential repentance; Christ-like repentance

Chapter.  12738 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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