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St Symeon the hot Theologian (949-1022) is considered probably the most major figures in Byzantine mysticism. notwithstanding a truly arguable determine in his personal lifetime, he's now respected either in Orthodox and different Christian traditions. After starting his monastic existence whereas nonetheless relatively younger, he grew to become hegumen of the monastery of St Mamas, and held that place for a number of years. a lot of his writings, together with the Discourses and
Hymns, have seemed in print, yet his 4 epistles haven't been released of their entirety till now.

In those 4 letters, along with criticising these contending opposed to him, Symeon writes as a pastor, involved to offer useful ethical assistance. He makes a speciality of confession, repentence, and the position of the non secular father. H. J. M. Turner information the biographic and textual context of this scholarly annotated version. He makes use of the formerly unpublished Greek textual content confirmed by way of Joseph Paramelle to supply an authoritative foundation for his translation. basically and accessibly offered, those letters
serve to enhance our realizing of Symeon's existence and paintings.

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It is certain that he will seek a mediator,35 a friend of God, one who is able to reinstate him in his former condition and reconcile him with his Father, his God. For a man who has been united to Christ36 by grace, become one of his members37 and been adopted by him as his son, but who then abandons him as a dog returns to its own vomit,38 and either gets entangled with a woman who is a harlot39 or binds together his body and another person’s—he is condemned, together with unbelievers, as someone who has dishonoured and insulted Christ.

Y 110 τραυµ. – λ στ ν: αµαρτ α · π τ ν λ στ ν αθε scr. et dist. Y ο ν om. Y 114 τ α ω. φυλ. om. Y τουν το σκ. Y 110 depriving you 119 one of the least of these my commandments 92 ο τω PI δ : δ C? P: om. MI π om. MI 93 φυλ. : φυλαχθ ντο π πασ ν I 94 α τολα (sic) A 95 δ C? ) 96 διατρωθ BCP: τροθ A 97 om. z 97 f. ο τω – ντολ bis scr. A 98 ντ. αµ. ~~ MI κπ πτει z 102 το ανθρ. ο τω ~~ z 105 del. C? τι om. I; τι δε om. z; αλλ I; αλλα` + ε πεν M 106 κα om. I κα ε η: α (sic) M om. z στ το θαν. ~~ N 107 δ + το MIY τ ν αµ.

I πρ τινα γραφει : γρ. πρ M α το + π¯νικ ν ντα P 4 f ξουσ αν – λαβ ντε : 6 πα´τερ κα : πα´τερ M om. I το δ. κα λ. ξ. λαβ. I λαβ ντε ante το transp. A 9 διδ σθαι (sic) A 10 σ om. MI το διαπ ρου NMIAPpc: δια` το [. ] Pac: 11 π. κα φ. ) B EPISTLE 1 *FROM SYMEON THE NEW THEOLOGIAN, OUR FATHER AMONG THE SAINTS, A TREATISE WRITTEN TO A SPIRITUAL CHILD OF HIS ABOUT CONFESSION, AND WHO THEY ARE 5 THAT HAVE RECEIVED AUTHORITY TO BIND AND LOOSE AS REGARDS SINS By your question, father and brother, albeit we are insignificant,1 you have bidden us tell you whether it is indeed allowable to confess one’s sins to monks who have not received the order of priesthood.

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