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Isaac of Nineveh's Ascetical Eschatology

Jason Scully


This book demonstrates that Isaac’s eschatology is an original synthesis based on ideas garnered from a distinctively Syriac cultural milieu. This cultural milieu includes ideas adapted from Syriac authors like Ephrem, John the Solitary, and Narsai, but also ideas adapted from the Syriac versions of texts originally written in Greek, like Evagrius’s Gnostic Chapters, Pseudo-Dionysius’s Mystical Theology, and the Pseudo-Macarian homilies. Isaac’s eschatological synthesis of this material is a sophisticated discourse on the psychological transformation that occurs when the mind has an experience ... More

Keywords: Isaac of Nineveh, Evagrius, John the Solitary, Ephrem, Narsai, Pseudo-Dionysius, Pseudo-Macarius, ecstasy, eschatology, asceticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198803584
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198803584.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Scully, author
Teaching Fellow, Seton Hall University