Cassian's Conferences Paperback

Scriptural Interpretation and the Monastic Ideal

by Christopher J. Kelly;

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Cassian's Conferences

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This book explores Cassian's use of scripture in the Conferences, especially its biblical models to convey his understanding of the desert ideal to the monastic communities of Gaul. Cassian intended the scriptures and, implicitly, the Conferences to be the voices of authority and orthodoxy in the Gallic environment. He interprets familiar biblical characters in unfamiliar ways that exemplify his ideal. By imitating their actions the monk enters a seamless lineage of authority stretching back to Abraham. This book demonstrates how the scriptures functioned as a dynamic force in the lives of Christian monks in the fourth and fifth centuries, emphasizes the importance of Cassian in the development of the western monastic tradition, and offers an alternative to the sometimes problematic descriptions of patristic exegesis as "allegory" or "typology". Cassian has been described as little more than a provider of information about Egyptian monasticism, but a careful reading of his work reveals a sophisticated agenda to define and institutionalize orthodox monasticism in the Latin West.

Cassian's Conferences by Christopher J. Kelly was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in August 2016. The ISBN for Cassian's Conferences is 9781138249493.

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Details for Cassian's Conferences

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (August 2016)
Number of Pages148
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4487826
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