Theophany is a central concept in Eriugena’s spirituality and it has been comprehensively treated so far from a theoretical point of view. The present study aims at investigating John Scottus’s ‘practical’, i.e. ascetical, perspective. My hypothesis is that for Eriugena contemplation is always dependent on practice, to such an extent that his theophanic mysticism should be considered together with his asceticism. Given that John Scottus’s asceticism is not always systematically displayed, I assembled a number of ascetical aspects of his practical spirituality and organized them into two categories: (1) negative aspects of asceticism: repentance, purgation, mortification, and (2) positive aspects of asceticism: virtues, grace, and sacraments. All these ascetical aspects are presented in close connection to Eriugena’s ultimate spiritual purpose, which is attaining God in the highest theophanies.
Book Reviews / Buchrezensionen: Mikhail Seleznev, William R.G. Loader and Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr (eds.), The Gospel of Matthew in its Historical and Theological Context, Papers from the International Conference in Moscow, September 24 to 28, 2018, WUNT 459, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2021, 470 S., ISBN: 978-3-16-160104-0 Arhid. Sebastian Barbu-Bucur, O versiune muzicală inedită a Prohodului Domnului în limba română, ediţie îngrijită şi studiu introductiv de Cătălin Cernătescu [An Unpublished Musical Version of the Lord’s Lamentation from the Romanian Tradition. Edition and Introductory Study by Cătălin Cernătescu], Basilica, Bucureşti 2021, 228 p., ISBN: 978-606-29-0427-2