By Hannah Hunt
This quantity is the 1st full-length learn of penthos (tears of contrition) considering that Hausherr's in 1944. It strains its exposition within the early jap Christian culture, via specific research of Greek and Syriac texts by way of Klimakos, Ephrem, Isaac and Symeon the recent Theologian.
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As a result of this, and the ﬂawed and archaic methodology, it becomes increasingly diﬃcult to locate Hausherr’s line of argument within a plethora of patristic proof texts. The ﬁnal three Chapters, which consider two ‘eﬀects of penthos’ and sum up his ﬁndings, are equally problematic, for the same reason that they do not approach their sources with suﬃcient sensitivity to the writers’ own intentions and cultural-theological situation. There is no index, and the bibliography consists merely of two pages of abbreviations, which are not adequately explained.
163 He proposes reﬁning this by drawing instead on: a series of individual studies on the various masters whom Hausherr so widely cites. 164 Driscoll illustrates this brilliantly in his methodical appraisal of seven of Evagrios’ chapters on prayer. He explores his chosen text in far more detail than Hausherr does any of his multitude of texts. Driscoll identiﬁes the need to place the texts cited in their context, locating them within the tradition as a whole, and connecting them to other 160 1994.
Stepaniants (1994) 59. Hourani (1991) 73. Quoted Huidberg (1962) 146. 109, cited Renard (1998) 57. Logothetis (2000) 59–61. Vlachos (1994), especially 143, 183, 252, 280 and 320. introduction 19 more will be said about her work when considering the secondary material on the subject. But there is plenty within the eastern territories of the Medieval world to provide the basis for a coherent appraisal of the subject. Common theological and pragmatic experiences of God and his Church bind together a desert father, a Byzantine abbot, a Syrian monk and a deacon, who are the narrators in this account.
Joy-Bearing Grief: Tears of Contrition in the Writings of the Early Syrian and Byzantine Fathers (The Medieval Mediterranean, Volume 57) by Hannah Hunt