Desert Christians: An Introduction to the Literature of Early Monasticism

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Write a review Rate this item: 1 2 3 4 5. Preview this item Preview this item. He introduces the reader to the major figures and literary texts, as well as offering an up-to-date survey of current questions and scholarship in the field. The text is enhanced by the inclusion of chronologies, maps, outlines, illustrations, and bibliographies. The book will not only serve as a text for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses on early Christianity, the Desert Fathers, and Christian asceticism, but it should stimulate further research by making the fruits of recent scholarship more readily and widely available.

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Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Provides an accessible introduction to early Christian monastic literature from Egypt and beyond. This book serves as a text for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses on early Christianity, the Desert Fathers, and Christian asceticism.

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Publisher Synopsis Why waste words? Seeking to map the soul's long journey to God and plot out the subtle vagaries of the human heart, they created and inspired texts that became classics of Western spirituality. These Desert Christians were also brilliant storytellers, some of Christianity's finest. This book introduces the literature of early monasticism. Later chapters focus on two pioneers of monastic theology: Evagrius Ponticus, the first great theoretician of Christian mysticism; and John Cassian, who brought Egyptian monasticism to the Latin West.

Along the way, readers are introduced to path-breaking discoveries-to new texts and recent archeological finds-that have revolutionized contemporary scholarship on monastic origins.

Desert Christians : an introduction to the literature of early monasticism

Included are fascinating snippets from papyri and from little-known Coptic, Syriac, and Ethiopic texts. Interspersed in each chapter are illustrations, maps, and diagrams that help readers sort through the key texts and the richly-textured world of early monasticism. Geared to a wide audience and written in clear, jargon-free prose, Desert Christians offers the most comprehensive and accessible introduction to early monasticism.

From to , he held the Thomas E. He has been a member of the Society of Jesus since and is the author of Augustine and the Catechumenate His research on early monasticism has appeared in the journals Theological Studies , Church History , and Studia Patristica.

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