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The Role of Death in the Ladder of Divine Ascent and the Greek Ascetic Tradition

Jonathan L. Zecher

Abstract

This book introduces readers to John Climacus’ Ladder of Divine Ascent, a seventh-century monastic text of spiritual direction written in the tradition of Chalcedonian Christianity. Engagement with death provides the Ladder’s organizing principle, shaping the monk’s perception of his own life in context of divine judgment, and offering him a model of progress in imitation of Christ, which takes account of failures and repentance. Because the Ladder is an explicitly traditional work, drawing ideas from a broad range of Greek Christian ascetic literature from the fourth through sixth centuries, ... More

Keywords: John Climacus, Eastern Orthodoxy, memory of death, thanatology, eschatology, Byzantine monasticism, Sinai, monastic formation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198724940
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724940.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan L. Zecher, author
Visiting Professor in the Honors College, University of Houston