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John Climacus (Saint)
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(late 6th cent. – mid-7th cent. ce) was an anchorite for many years and abbot of St. Catherine's Monastery (Sinai, St. Catherine's Monastery). His epithet comes from his major work, Κλίμαξ τοῦ παραδεῖσου/Klímax toú parade sou (“Ladder to heaven”). In this tractate on the ascetic life, with which he became the spiritual teacher of Eastern monasticism, John offers a portrayal of the path that the monk must travel in pursuing perfection. Comparable to Jacob's Ladder, it leads in 30 stages from renunciation of the worldly life through repentance, tears, an…

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Holze, Heinrich, “John Climacus (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 February 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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