Isaac of Nineveh

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Isaac of Nineveh


Died at the end of the seventh century A.D. Syrian religious writer; bishop of Nineveh in 661 A.D.

The works of Isaac of Nineveh are written in Syrian, in a free form of alternating precepts and aphorisms. They are devoted to questions of mystical self-absorption and struggle with the passions. Because of the unusual subtlety in their analysis of human psychological states, his works gained popularity, going beyond the denominational lines of Nestorianism, monophysitism, and orthodoxy. They were translated into Greek, Slavonic, Arabic, and other languages. The mystical psychologism of Isaac of Nineveh had a certain influence on F. M. Dostoevsky.


Avvy I. Siriianina … slova podvizhnicheskie, 3rd ed. Edited by S. I.Sobolevskii. Sergiev Posad, 1911.
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