John Cassian and the Reading of Egyptian Monastic Culture (Studies in Medieval History and Culture.)

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John Cassian and the Reading of Egyptian Monastic Culture (Studies in Medieval History and Culture.)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 149 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780415936682
  • DDC分類 271.02062

基本説明

This book examines the method of meditative reading encouraged by John Cassian (c.360-435) in his ascetic writings, the bulk of which are fictive dialogues that purportedly record the instruction he had received from Egyptian Christian monks.

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This book examines the method of meditative reading encouraged by John Cassian (c. 360-435) in his ascetic writings, the bulk of which are fictive dialogues that purportedly record the instruction he had received from Egyptial Christian monks. This instruction was at its core an interactive experience, depending upon both the discernment of the master and diligent application of instruction by the student. Driver examines Cassian's understanding of the act of reading and suggests the implications of this for Cassian's monastic teaching and it interprets Cassian's method of reading in light of contemporary discussions of reading and the self.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            xiii
Introduction 1 (10)
John Cassian 11 (10)
What Can Be Known 12 (2)
Intriguing Possibilities 14 (7)
Stories and Histories of Early Egyptian 21 (24)
Monasticism
The Story of Christian Monasticism 21 (3)
A Revision of the Story 24 (11)
Reading Evagrius Ponticus 35 (10)
Western Perceptions of Egyptian Monasticism 45 (20)
The Lives of Antony and Paul 45 (3)
Jerome's Early Monastic Vision 48 (3)
Jerome's Influence 51 (2)
Apatheia and Inpeccantia 53 (12)
Literary Structure and Monastic Praxis 65 (26)
Appropriating the Self in the Text 65 (7)
Reading the Institutes 72 (11)
Reading as Monastic Praxis 83 (8)
Implications for Praxis: A Reconsideration of 91 (16)
the Solitary Life
Framing the Question 91 (2)
Anachoresis in the Institutes 93 (5)
Piamun and John on the Solitary Life 98 (3)
Anachoresis as Interiority 101 (6)
Implications for Theoria: Reading, 107 (14)
Interiority and the Transfiguration of the
Self
Withdrawal and Interiority 107 (2)
Reading and Mystical Knowledge 109 (4)
Reading and the Interiorization of the Text 113 (2)
Reading and the Transfiguration of the Self 115 (2)
Reading and Egyptian Monastic Culture 117 (4)
Bibliography 121 (24)
Index 145