Repentance in the Letters of SS Barsanuphius and John of Gaza

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 Letters of SS Barsanuphius and John of Gaza

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The analysis of repentance in ascetic texts turns here to the letters of the famous Old Men from sixth-century Gaza, SS Barsanuphius and John. The recent rise of scholarly interest in the letters is discussed, and the role of repentance in the letters is put into the context of current scholarship on Barsanuphius and John. As with Mark the Monk, the threefold understanding of repentance is applied to the letters, with positive results. Attention is paid to the concept of repentance being expressed with a variety of different terms in the letters. The monks of Gaza effectively put the whole range of Christian virtues to the service of repentance, a move likewise seen in the treatises of Mark the Monk.

Keywords: Barsanuphius and John; repentance; monasticism; asceticism; ascetic theology; spirituality; spiritual life; virtue

Chapter.  16910 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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