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This collection of sixteen new critical essays offers fresh perspectives on the Book of Steps, adding greater detail and depth to our understanding of the work's intriguing picture of early Syriac asceticism as practiced within the life of a local church and community.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. By Way of a Preface
  2. Columba Stewart
  3. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. Kristian S. Heal and Robert A. Kitchen
  3. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part 1. The World Around the Book of Steps
  2. pp. 7-8
  1. 1. The Romano-Persian Frontier and the Context of the Book of Steps
  2. Geoffrey Greatrex
  3. pp. 9-31
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  1. 2. Parallel Paths: Tracing Manichaean Footprints along the Syriac Book of Steps
  2. Timothy Pettipiece
  3. pp. 32-40
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  1. 3. The Book of Steps on Magic
  2. Martien Parmentier
  3. pp. 41-50
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  1. Part 2. The Text of the Book of Steps
  2. pp. 51-52
  1. 4. A Previously Unknown Reattributed Fragment from Memra 16 of the Book of Steps
  2. Grigory Kessel
  3. pp. 53-71
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  1. 5. A Last Disciple of the Apostles: The “Editor’s” Preface, Rabbula’s Rules, and the Date of the Book of Steps
  2. Kyle Smith
  3. pp. 72-96
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  1. Part 3. Biblical Exegisis in the Book of Steps
  2. pp. 97-98
  1. 6. Biblical Exegesis in the Syriac Book of Steps: A Preliminary Survey
  2. René Roux
  3. pp. 99-118
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  1. 7. Did the Author of the Book of Steps Understand Paul?
  2. Matthias Westerhoff
  3. pp. 119-128
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  1. Part 4. Theological Perspectives in the Book of Steps
  2. pp. 129-130
  1. 8. A Broken Mind: The Path to Knowledge in the Book of Steps
  2. J. W. Childers
  3. pp. 131-155
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  1. 9. The Perfect and Perfection in the Book of Steps
  2. Pablo Argárate
  3. pp. 156-172
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  1. 10. You Are What You Eat: Dietary Metaphors in the Syriac Book of Steps
  2. Kelli E. Bryant
  3. pp. 173-189
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  1. 11. Falling from the Path of Perfection: Sin in the Syriac Book of Steps
  2. Tera Stidham Harmon
  3. pp. 190-202
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  1. Part 5. Practices of Asceticism in the Book of Steps
  2. pp. 203-204
  1. 12. Disturbed Sinners: In Pursuit of Sanctity in the Book of Steps
  2. Robert A. Kitchen
  3. pp. 205-220
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  1. 13. Marriage and Sexuality in the Book of Steps: From Encratism to Orthodoxy
  2. Sergey Minov
  3. pp. 221-261
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  1. 14. "Hidden Work" of the Heart and Spiritual Progression in the Book of Steps
  2. Thomas Kollamparampil
  3. pp. 262-272
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  1. 15. Reading the Ascetic Ideal into Genesis 1–3: Hermeneutic Strategies in the Book of Steps Memra 21
  2. Aryeh Kofsky and Serge Ruzer
  3. pp. 273-296
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  1. 16. Lowering in Order to be Raised, Emptying in Order to be Filled: The Ascetical System of the Book of Steps
  2. Jason Scully
  3. pp. 297-312
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 313-340
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 341-342
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  1. Index of Citations of the Book of Steps
  2. pp. 343-346
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 347-351
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813221670
Print ISBN
9780813221663
MARC Record
OCLC
879352521
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-07
Language
English
Open Access
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