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Solitude And The Inaccessible Light In The Sermons Of Isaac Of Stella

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This chapter focuses on the devotional and pedagogical motives of the abbot of Stella. It has brought out the Isaac's confessional and educational ideals with Southern's notion of medieval humanism. Isaac, abbot of Stella was a scholar before he left the world to bind himself to the white monks of Cîteaux. A main theme is the notion of solitude. In Sermon 9, Isaac instructs his monks on the different modes of reading and understanding the Scriptures. In this sermon on the wedding-feast at Cana, Isaac was not merely interested in the miracle, but also in the hidden meaning of the miracle: the former edifies the unbeliever while the latter reveals a hidden mystery to the believer. While the first part is pedagogical the second is more mystical. It is a literature that should be appreciated for the content of its theology and for the Christian humanist dimension of its instruction.

Keywords:abbot; Cana; Christian; Isaac; sermon; solitude; Southern; Stella



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