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The Asceticism of Isaac of Nineveh$
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Patrik Hagman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199593194

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593194.001.0001

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Asceticism and Society

Asceticism and Society

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(p.213) 9 Asceticism and Society
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The Asceticism of Isaac of Nineveh
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Patrik Hagman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593194.003.0009

In this concluding chapter the results of the study is gathered and related to the questions posed in chapter one. For Isaac asceticism is a way to respond to existential questions. Asceticism functions by using the body to transform one's personality and communicate this difference to the world, and the way the body is used shows that contrary to popular opinion ascetics are deeply aware of the connection between body and soul. Ultimately the ascetic strives to become a message of the possibility of a different way of living, to become something like an icon pointing towards the Kingdom of God. Asceticism is thus seen to be a bodily political theology.

Keywords:   conclusion, transformation, communication

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