The garden of ascetic delights: Hermeneutical strategies in Liber Graduum

Aryeh Kofsky, Serge Ruzer

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This study focuses on the peculiar concept of a dual paradise characteristic of the Liber Graduum (LG), where it also determines other aspects of the discussion such as the nature of primordial sin - As a shift in the intellectual focus - And the way of restoring the paradisiacal mode of existence via imitation of Christ's kenosis. The study highlights the way in which the ascetic agenda of LG informs its author's hermeneutical strategies with regard to the biblical narrative on the Garden of Eden. Some particularities of this foundational narrative clearly contradict the LG's ascetic stance and thus engender idiosyncratic exegetical solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-124
Number of pages14
JournalRivista di storia del cristianesimo
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011


  • Liber graduum
  • Asceticism
  • Paradise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Religious studies


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