Kyparissiotes: Decade 1.7

January 15, 2011

From John Kyparissiotes, Decades, PG 152, 755 B – 756 A.

Chapter Seven. That those who have met with this kind of symbolic theology have termed it a sight and a vision.

Moses, that great eyewitness of God, says:

I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush burns, and is not consumed.

[1.7.1] Exod 2:3.

And [there is] the vision which Isaiah saw (cf. Is 1:1; 6:1 ff.), and

… I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets …

[1.7.2] Hos 12:10

and

… your young men shall see visions …

[1.7.3] Joel 2:28

and countless other things of this kind in the ancient scriptures. But, most importantly, our Savior says concerning his theophany upon Mt. Tabor:

Tell the vision to no man.

[1.7.4] Mt 17:9.

And the divine Dionysius, in chapter 13 of his Celestial Hierarchy, says that that vision was shown to Isaiah the theologian through one of those holy angels who are set in authority over us.

[1.7.5] Cf. Pseudo-Dionysius, Caelestis hierarchia, PG 3, 300 B.

From these things it is clear that whatever sacred sights, formed of divine symbols, the prophets perceived by means of the visual sense, they called by the related word “visions,” the word “vision” here carrying its own, particular sense, though elsewhere it applies, in common, to anything that they saw. (A similar thing occurs with the term “procession” as used in speaking about God.)

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