Gregory of Nyssas Tabernacle Imagery in Its Jewish and Christian Contexts Ann Conway-Jones

ISBN: 9780198715399

Published: November 11th 2014

Hardcover

320 pages


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Gregory of Nyssas Tabernacle Imagery in Its Jewish and Christian Contexts by Ann Conway-Jones
November 11th 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 320 pages | ISBN: 9780198715399 | 7.38 Mb

Intergrating patristics and early Jewish mysticism, this book examines Greogry of Nyssas tabernacle imagery, as found in Life of Moses 2. 170-201. Previous scholarship has often focused on Gregorys interpretation of the darkness on Mount Sinai as divine incomprehensibility. However, true to Exodus, Gregory continues with Mosess vision of the tabernacle not made with hands received within that darkness.

This innovative methodology of heuristic comparison doesnt strive to prove influence, but to use heavenly ascent textsas a foil, in order to shed new light on Gregorys imagery. Ann Conway-Jones presents a well-rounded, nuanced understanding of Gregorys exegesis, in which mysticism, theology, and politics are intertwined.Heavenly ascent texts use descriptions of religious experience to claim authoritative knowledge. For Gregory, the high point of Mosess ascent into the darkness of Mount Sinai is the mystery of Christian doctrine.

The heavenly tabernacle is a type of the heavenly Christ. This mystery is beyond intellectual comprehension, it can only be grasped by faith- and only the select few, destined for positions of responsibility, should even attempt to do so.



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