The Invocation of Christ in Eastern Monastic Psalmody c. 350-450
Chapter Six: Other Commentaries
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Whilst Evagrius’s role in the development of Eastern monastic spirituality in the late fourth and early fifth centuries cannot be overstated, the individuals and communities which dedicated themselves to anchoritic, semi-anchoritic and cenobitic forms of Christian discipleship during this period had at their disposal other resources for the purpose of guiding them towards a deeper life with God. With regard to their understanding of the psalms, it is clear that they had recourse to a number of commentaries ascribed to Eastern authors whose availability would have assisted them to fulfil the Evagrian injunction to ‘sing psalms with understanding’ (ψάλλε συνετῶς).
The purpose of this third part of the study is to examine a selection of these commentaries in order to explore how the recitation of the Psalter was understood to involve the invocation of the person of Christ, in ways other than those manifested in Evagrius’ Scholia ad psalmos. To this end, the present chapter will provide a brief summary of the critical background to a series of documents which reveal a pattern of such invocation which is consistently expressed in four key ways. In so doing, this exercise is largely dependent on the most comprehensive study of the material produced to date, in Rondeau’s first volume of Les Commentaires Patristiques du Psautier.
In an introductory note to the work, Rondeau informs us that the literature in question ‘has come to us in an often deplorable state’.1 She...
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