Dr Jonathan Zecher - Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry (Faculty of Theology and Philosophy)
Assistant Supervisor – Only eligible to supervise with a fully accredited Principal or Co-supervisor
I am a theologian and historian of religion. I work in the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies in the Modes of Knowing program. My research is focused on the emergence and logic of monastic confessional practices in Late Antiquity, in dialogue with medical-philosophical psycho-physiological theory, diagnostic techniques, and therapeutic strategies.
More broadly, I am interested in the spiritual traditions of Eastern Orthodox spirituality, ancient medicine, and identity-formation in eastern monasticism.
Before coming to Melbourne I taught Greek, Latin and "Great Books" (Classics, philosophy, literature) in the Honors College at the University of Houston for six years.
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The Meaning of KLYSTAS and the Value of a MACHAIRION - Vita Dosithei (BHG 2117) and Healthcare in Gazan Monasteries., in Analecta Bollandiana 136.1: 43-55
The reception of evagrian psychology in the Ladder of Divine Ascent: John Cassian and Gregory Nazianzen as sources and conversation partners, in Journal of Theological Studies 69.2: 674-713
Antony's Vision of Death? Athanasius of Alexandria, Palladius of Helenopolis, and Egyptian Mortuary Religion, in Journal of Late Antiquity
The Angelic Life in Desert and Ladder: John Climacus's re-formulation of Ascetic Spirituality, in Journal of Early Christian Studies
Death among the desert fathers: Evagrius and theophilus in the sayings tradition, in Sobornost Incorporating Eastern Churches Review