St. Maximus the Confessor's 'Questions and Doubts' (inbunden)
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St. Maximus the Confessor's 'Questions and Doubts' (inbunden)

St. Maximus the Confessor's 'Questions and Doubts'

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Maximus the Confessor (580-662) was a monk whose writings focused on ascetical interpretations of biblical and patristic works. For his refusal to accept the Monothelite position supported by Emperor Constans II, he was tried as a heretic, his right hand was cut off, and his tongue was cut out. A major theologian of the Byzantine Church, St. Maximus is venerated in both Eastern and Western Christian traditions. Despina PrassasAEs translation of the Quaestiones et Dubia presents for the first time in English one of the ConfessorAEs most significant contributions to early Christian biblical interpretation. The original work is believed to have been written before 626 while the monk was a member of a community located near Constantinople. The text is a series of 239 interrogations and responses addressing theological, philosophical, ascetical, spiritual, and liturgical concerns. In his work, Maximus the Confessor brings together the patristic exegetical aporiai tradition and the spiritual-pedagogical tradition of monastic questions and responses. The overarching theme is the importance of the ascetical life. For Maximus, askesis is a lifelong endeavor that consists of the struggle and discipline to maintain control over the passions. One engages in the ascetical life by taking part in both theoria (contemplation) and praxis (action). To convey this teaching, Maximus uses a number of pedagogical tools including allegory, etymology, number symbolism, and military terminology. Prassas provides a rich historical and contextual background in her introduction to help ground and familiarize the reader with this work. As the first study focused exclusively on the Quaestiones et dubia, this important book will appeal to the growing audience of readers interested in Maximus the Confessor and, more broadly, to scholars and students of early Christianity, early Byzantine monasticism, and patristic biblical exegesis.
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    St. Maximus the Confessor might well be called the Saint of Synthesis. His thought places him between the theologies of East and West and between the Middle Ages and the ancient Church. The Ascetic Life takes the form of question and answer betwee...

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"It is the first English translation of the text and is, therefore, a welcome addition to the literature on Maximus.... Prassas has rendered us a great service by striving so vigorously with Maximus's difficult Greek. The collection of Quaestiones et Dubia itself is an excellent text for beginning a study of Maximus.... Prassas's work is, therefore, definitely to be recommended." * Journal of Early Christian Studies *

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Despina D. Prassas is an Associate Professor of Theology at Providence College, in Providence, RI. Her research areas include Greek patristics and ecumenical theology.


Acknowledgments Introduction - Historical and Cultural Context - Maximus and the Quaestiones et dubia - TranslatorAEs Note St. Maximus the ConfessorAEs Quaestiones et dubiaTranslation Abbreviations and References Notes Bibliography Index