John Moschos' Spiritual Meadow: Authority and Autonomy at by Ms Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen

By Ms Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen

John Moschos' religious Meadow is without doubt one of the most crucial resources for past due sixth-early 7th century Palestinian, Syrian and Egyptian monasticism. This undisputedly worthwhile choice of worthy stories presents modern society with a fuller photo of a less than excellent social heritage of this era: it's a wealthy resource for figuring out not just the piety of the monk but additionally the negative farmer. Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen fills a lacuna in classical monastic secondary literature by way of highlighting Moschos' particular contribution to the way a fertile Christian theology trained the ethics of not just these serving on the altar but additionally these being served.

Introducing applicable old and theological historical past to the stories, Llewellyn Ihssen demonstrates how Moschos' stories addresses problems with the autonomy of person ascetics and lay people in dating with authority figures. financial practices, overall healthiness care, loss of life and burials of lay people and ascetics are tested for the theology and heritage that they vague and exhibit. while instructing us in regards to the advanced relationships among own organization and divine intercession, Moschos’ stories is additionally visible to bare liminal limitations we all know existed among the secular and the religious.

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