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1–3 [Berthold vol. 2, 138–41]. 20. Cf. Stewart (1991) 220. Ibid. -Macarius’s conception of the structures of the Church and that of the Book of Steps, esp. Memra 12. -Macarius, and the Books of Steps, see Fitschen (1998) 108–28; Escolan (1999) 91–123, esp. 106; also Stewart (1991) 84–92, 162–66, 198–203, 216–23, 227–32; Golitzin (1994) 371–85; Caner (2002) 106–17. 21. -Macarian model. ”22 It is therefore incorrect to regard Pseudo-Macarius as antisacramental; but at the same time, he conforms to a pattern in which the earliest ascetic theorists marginalized a developed sacramental, and in particular eucharistic, discourse in favor of a focus upon personal, ascetic transformation.
Cf. also George Hieromonachus, On Heresies 9, with Richard (1947) esp. 243–48. 66 Hombergen, therefore, reinterprets the Origenist crisis as one between a more intellectualizing group—that is, those who were accepting of, selective within, or indifferent to, the spiritual doctrines of Evagrius—and a more fundamentalist group, those who repudiated the same doctrines and with them the tradition of individualistic monastic contemplation. Within that latter group is of course the hagiographer Cyril, whose Lives set out a radical new vision of the ascetic life, for the most part indifferent to the interior life and focused instead upon the institution.
12 [Heil 93]. 105. 13 [Heil 93]. For Dionysius on the eucharist see the discussion of Golitzin (1994) 194–203. 106. The problem is discussed ibid. 208–14. 107. See the discussion in Louth (1989) 104–9, (2007) 154–73 (quotation at 166). 108. For the episcopal perspective see also Rorem (1989); also Golitzin (1994) 168–77. 30 Toward the Sacramental Saint that of Stephen bar Sudaili, then his corpus can be appreciated as a direct challenge to an Evagrian “minimalist” conception of ecclesial structures.