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Ineffably effable: the pinnacle of mystical ascent in Gregory of Nyssa's De vita Moysis

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In his commentary on the Song of Songs, Gregory of Nyssa describes a three-step progression of the soul to God, an ascent which ends in the darkness of God's ineffability. Though some of Gregory's most prominent interpreters understand Moses' ascent into the darkness to be the definitive encounter with God in De vita Moysis as well, it is here argued that in De vita Moysis Gregory of Nyssa makes the culminating moment, not the apophatic experience of the darkness, but the encounter with the c...

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10.1111/ijst.12044

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Institution:
University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
Theology Faculty
Sub department:
Theology and Religion Faculty
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Wiley
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International Journal of Systematic Theology More from this journal
Volume:
16
Issue:
1
Pages:
25-41
Publication date:
2014-01-15
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1463-1652
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uuid:cdd6f3ca-f6a5-4659-9ab6-9ad02bffef49
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2016-05-05

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