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The Asceticism of Isaac of Nineveh

Patrik Hagman


The ascetic tracts of 7th century writer Isaac of Nineveh (Isaac the Syrian) provide a wealth of material to better understand early Christian asceticism. The study focuses on the role of the body in various ascetic techniques, such as fasting, vigils and prayer, and on the way the ascetic relates to the society. For Isaac, the ascetic is to function as something like an icon, an image that showed the world the reality of God's Kingdom already in this life, by clearly indicating the difference between God's ways and men's. The study reviews the scholarly discussion on asceticism and early mona ... More

Keywords: Isaac of Nineveh, asceticism, monasticism, the body, political theology, ecclesiology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199593194
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593194.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrik Hagman, author
Lecturer, Åbo Akademi University