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And you shall sleep restful nights" (St. Ephraim the Syrian).

Monday, December 17, 2012

On Christian Mysticisms

As I have noted before, Wiley-Blackwell continues to bring out a helpful series of "Companions," and has just released a new one that has ample representation of Eastern Orthodox thought, both in chapters from contemporary Orthodox authors and in chapters treating various Eastern traditions, including the Syriac: Julia A. Lamm, ed.,The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism (2012), 672pp.

About this book the publisher tells us:

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism brings together a team of leading international scholars to explore the origins, evolution, and contemporary debates relating to Christian mystics, texts, and the movements they inspired.The volume brings together a team of distinguished scholars who provide a rich synthesis of historical figures and texts, important themes in mysticism (for example, aesthetics, gender, scripture, heresy), and theoretical perspectives, such as neuroscience, literary criticism, inter-religious dialogue in relation to Christian mysticism. The result is a compelling and engaging volume drawing on the best of recent cutting-edge scholarship, and providing insights into an ancient but important Christian tradition.

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