Date of Award
Religious and Theological Studies
Pamela M. Eisenbaum, Ph.D.
Ascetical Practice, Egyptian Monasticism, Isaac, Biblical Patriarch, Testament of Isaac
This dissertation argues that the textual community of fourth or fifth century monastic Egypt read Testament of Isaac as an ascetical regimen in order to transform themselves into children of Isaac. T. Isaac highlights three particular dimensions of Isaac's character from the remembered tradition of Isaac that would have resonated in the Egyptian monastic context of the textual community - Isaac as priestly authority, Isaac as sacrifice, and Isaac as blind ascetic - to create a model for the new self that the textual community aimed to achieve. Two important ascetic practices in T. Isaac that the textual community was to perform were copying and reading T. Isaac. These two practices functioned as technologies of the self that helped the members of the textual community to transform their present subjectivity into a new self modeled on Isaac in T. Isaac.
Fadden, John William, ""Our Father Isaac": Reading the Sahidic Testament of Isaac in an Egyptian Monastic Context" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 971.
Received from ProQuest
John William Fadden