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The Asceticism of Isaac of Nineveh

Patrik Hagman

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199593194
eISBN:
9780191595677
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593194.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The ascetic tracts of 7th century writer Isaac of Nineveh (Isaac the Syrian) provide a wealth of material to better understand early Christian asceticism. The study focuses on the role of the body in ... More


Isaac of Nineveh: Background and Context

Patrik Hagman

in The Asceticism of Isaac of Nineveh

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199593194
eISBN:
9780191595677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593194.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

After providing a short biography of Isaac of Nineveh, the chapter proceeds by discussing the most important influences on his thinking. Of particular importance is the tradition of the East Syrian ... More


Fasting (Cath. 7)

Gerard O'Daly

in Days Linked by Song: Prudentius' Cathemerinon

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199263950
eISBN:
9780191741364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263950.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the poem's themes: the hygiene, discipline, and the spiritual benefits of fasting; the satirical treatment of excessive indulgence; the influence of diatribe; biblical examples ... More


Split Personality: Reconciling Justice with Mercy

James L. Crenshaw

in Defending God: Biblical Responses to the Problem of Evil

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195140026
eISBN:
9780199835607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195140028.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The tension between justice and mercy within God gave rise to stories illustrating YHWH’s desire to let compassion prevail, although not always. Genesis 18–19 has Abraham plead with God to spare the ... More


Nahum

Marvin A. Sweeney

in King Josiah of Judah: The Lost Messiah of Israel

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195133240
eISBN:
9780199834693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195133242.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Most scholars tend to overlook Nahum because of its purportedly vengeful spirit, but the book is designed to celebrate the downfall of the city of Nineveh in 612 b.c.e. Because Nineveh was the ... More


Haunting the Reading Room: Ezra Pound and the British Museum's Egyptian and Assyrian Collections

Rupert Richard Arrowsmith

in Modernism and the Museum: Asian, African, and Pacific Art and the London Avant-Garde

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199593699
eISBN:
9780191595684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593699.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter considers the importance of the British Museum Reading Room to the literary figures of early twentieth-century London. The poet Ezra Pound is shown to have visited in the first instance ... More


The First Account of the Flood

Jean Bottéro

in Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748613878
eISBN:
9780748653584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613878.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

On December 1872, George Smith, one of the first to undertake the deciphering and listing of the thousands of cuneiform tablets from Assurbanipal's library discovered at Nineveh, announced that he ... More


Isaac of Nineveh's Ascetical Eschatology

Jason Scully

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198803584
eISBN:
9780191842009
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803584.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book demonstrates that Isaac’s eschatology is an original synthesis based on ideas garnered from a distinctively Syriac cultural milieu. This cultural milieu includes ideas adapted from Syriac ... More


Ancient History: Assyrians, Chaldeans, and Medes

Jan P. Stronk

in Semiramis' Legacy: The History of Persia According to Diodorus of Sicily

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474414258
eISBN:
9781474430975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414258.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

In this chapter Diodorus himself gets the stage. The story is about the rise and decline of the Assyrian empire, starting with the reigns of Ninus and Semiramis and the construction of subsequently ... More


. From Hunter-Gatherers to Kings of Kings

John G. T. Anderson

in Deep Things out of Darkness: A History of Natural History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780520273764
eISBN:
9780520954458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520273764.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Natural History and Field Guides

In which natural history is proposed as the original science-important to early hunter-gatherers and farmers in the practical sense of getting food and preventing one from becoming food. An analogy ... More


The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces

David Kertai

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198723189
eISBN:
9780191789724
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723189.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical, World History: BCE to 500CE

The Late Assyrian Empire (c.900–612 BCE) was the first state to rule the major centres of the Middle East. The Assyrian court inhabited some of the most monumental palaces of its time. The ... More


Romancing Semiramis

Tim Whitmarsh

in Dirty Love: The Genealogy of the Ancient Greek Novel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780199742653
eISBN:
9780190880798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199742653.003.0018
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the romance of Ninus and Semiramis, the two great Mesopotamian rulers and city-founders. A papyrus from the first century CE seems to tell their story in the form of a romance. ... More


Sennacherib (704–681)

David Kertai

in The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198723189
eISBN:
9780191789724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723189.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical, World History: BCE to 500CE

Chapter 6 describes the architecture of Sennacherib’s Southwest Palace in Nineveh, which functioned as the empire’s primary palace throughout the seventh century. The number and size of the main ... More


Esarhaddon (681–669)

David Kertai

in The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198723189
eISBN:
9780191789724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723189.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical, World History: BCE to 500CE

Chapter 7 discusses Esarhaddon’s attempts to turn Kalḫu into a major royal city once again by rebuilding its Military Palace and by building a new palace on its citadel. These efforts were not ... More


Ashurbanipal (668–631)

David Kertai

in The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198723189
eISBN:
9780191789724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723189.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical, World History: BCE to 500CE

Chapter 8 focuses on Ashurbanipal’s North Palace in Nineveh. It argues that the palace was secondary to the Southwest Palace located on the same citadel. The palace was comparable to other—mostly ... More


Felix Culpa: The Infantile Adam and Asceticism as an Inherent Part of Creation

Jason Scully

in Isaac of Nineveh's Ascetical Eschatology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198803584
eISBN:
9780191842009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803584.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter considers the theological milieu that informs Isaac’s protological narrative, which in turn, informs his eschatology. Isaac’s protology is influenced by the infantile Adam tradition ... More


Isaac of Nineveh’s Eschatology: The Influence of John the Solitary

Jason Scully

in Isaac of Nineveh's Ascetical Eschatology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198803584
eISBN:
9780191842009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803584.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter shows that the primary source for Isaac’s eschatology is John the Solitary’s depiction of the life of the future world. According to John, transformation in the future world represents ... More


The Syriac Sources for Isaac of Nineveh’s Development of Wonder and Astonishment

Jason Scully

in Isaac of Nineveh's Ascetical Eschatology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198803584
eISBN:
9780191842009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803584.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter shows that Isaac derives his conceptual framework for the concept of ecstasy, along with the technical terms wonder and astonishment, from sources that were originally written in Syriac. ... More


The Greek Sources for Isaac of Nineveh’s Development of Wonder and Astonishment

Jason Scully

in Isaac of Nineveh's Ascetical Eschatology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198803584
eISBN:
9780191842009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803584.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter shows that Isaac derives specific definitions for the ecstatic experience of wonder and astonishment from Syriac translations of two sources that were originally written in Greek: ... More


Excursus: Isaac of Nineveh’s Moral Psychology

Jason Scully

in Isaac of Nineveh's Ascetical Eschatology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198803584
eISBN:
9780191842009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803584.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter demonstrates that Isaac’s moral psychology is both an explanation of how the heavenly mysteries affect the soul and a description of how the soul helps prepare the mind for the reception ... More


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