Repentance in the Oeuvre of St John of the Ladder

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 Oeuvre of St John of the Ladder

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The final figure to be examined is St John of the Ladder, or John Climacus. His work, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, a spiritual classic written on the eve of the Islamic conquests, came to serve as the ultimate expression of Byzantine and Eastern Orthodox ascetic ideals. It would thus be unwise to ignore his views on repentance, and whether they corroborate with those found in the ascetic writers already examined. As with the previous authors, the threefold framework is applied to his work, and is largely found to work well as a hermeneutical key.

Keywords: John of the Ladder; John Climacus; Ladder of Divine Ascent; heavenly ladder; scala paradisi; monasticism; asceticism; repentance; Byzantine spirituality; Eastern Orthodox spirituality

Chapter.  7297 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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