Twelfth century icon from St. Catherine's Monastery, Egypt, based on The Ladder of Paradise, by John Climacus around 600 A.D. The monastic treatise, also known as the Scala, was widely used in teaching in Eastern Christianity. It included thirty steps or "rungs" that included "on lying," "on cowardice," "on despondency," "on avarice," and "on peace of the soul."
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