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The Macarian Legacy : The Place of Macarius-Symeon in the Eastern Christian Tradition - Marcus Plested

The Macarian Legacy

The Place of Macarius-Symeon in the Eastern Christian Tradition

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9780199267798
Number Of Pages: 304

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The Macarian writings are among the most important and influential works of the early Christian ascetic and mystical tradition. This book offers an introduction to the work of Macarius-Symeon (commonly referred to as Pseudo-Macarius), outlining the lineaments of his teaching and the historical context of his works. The book goes on to examine and re-evaluate the complex question of his relationship with the Messalian tendency and to explore the nature of his theological and spiritual legacy in the later Christian tradition. In so doing the book also offers substantial treatments of the work of Mark the Monk, Diadochus of Photice, Abba Isaiah, and Maximus Confessor. It stands therefore not only as an exploration of the teaching and legacy of Macarius-Symeon but also as a chapter in the history of the Christian spiritual tradition.

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Plested's work does a considerable service in opening up the Macarian legacy to detailed scrutiny, and should serve to encourage scholars interested in sympathetic appraisal of the tradition to undertake a deeper exploration of its early representatives, particularly those who have received less attention to date. * Graham Gould, The Journal of Theological Studies *

I. The Background 1: The Macarian Writings and their Historical Context 2: The Lineaments of the Macarian Vision 3: Macarius and the Cappadocians 4: Macarius and Evagrius II. The Legacy 5: Mark the Monk 6: Diadochus of Photice 7: The Asceticon of Abba Isaiah 8: Maximus the Confessor Conclusion

ISBN: 9780199267798
ISBN-10: 0199267790
Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.6  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.52