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The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks

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The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. In contrast to the formalized and official theology of the founding fathers of the Church, they were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer, and poverty in direct and simple response to the gospel. First recorded in the fourth century, their Sayings-consisting of spiritual advice, anecdotes, parables, and reflections on life-influenced the rule of St. Benedict, set the pattern for Western monasticism, and have inspired centuries of poetry, opera, and art.

Organized around key themes-Charity, Fortitude, Lust, Patience, Prayer, Self-control, and Visions-this edition of the Sayings is fresh, accessible, and authoritative.

Translated, edited, and with an introduction by Benedicta Ward.

Synopsis:

These were the first Christian monks living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine and Syria. Their sayings were first recorded in the 4th century and consist of spiritual advice, anecdotes and parables. They have inspired poetry, opera and art as well as being a template for monastic life.

Synopsis:

First recorded in the fourth century, the Sayings of the first Christian monks--spiritual advice, anecdotes, parables, and reflections on life--influenced the rule of St. Benedict, set the pattern for Western monasticism, and have inspired centuries of poetry, opera, and art.

Synopsis:

The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. In contrast to the formalized and official theology of the "founding fathers" of the Church, they were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer, and poverty in direct and simple response to the gospel. First recorded in the fourth century, their Sayings—consisting of spiritual advice, anecdotes, parables, and reflections on life—influenced the rule of St. Benedict, set the pattern for Western monasticism, and have inspired centuries of poetry, opera, and art.

Organized around key themes—Charity, Fortitude, Lust, Patience, Prayer, Self-control, and Visions—this edition of the Sayings is fresh, accessible, and authoritative.

About the Author

Benedicta Ward is a reader in the history of early Christian spirituality at the Theology Faculty in Oxford. She has translated The Prayers and Meditations of St. Anselm for Penguin Classics.

Benedicta Ward is a reader in the history of early Christian spirituality at the Theology Faculty in Oxford. She has translated The Prayers and Meditations of St. Anselm for Penguin Classics.

Table of Contents

The Desert Fathers Introduction

Further Reading

A Note on the Text

1. Progress in Perfection

2. Quiet

3. Compunction

4. Self-Control

5. Lust

6. Possessing Nothing

7. Fortitude

8. Nothing Done for Show

9. Non-Judgement

10. Discretion

11. Sober Living

12. Unceasing Prayer

13. Hospitality

14. Obedience

15. Humility

16. Patience

17. Charity

18. Visions

Some Names from the Text

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140447316
Editor:
Ward, Benedicta
Introduction:
Ward, Benedicta
Introduction by:
Ward, Benedicta
Introduction:
Ward, Benedicta
Editor:
Ward, Benedicta
Author:
Ward, Benedicta
Author:
Various
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
Quotations
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Religion - Church History
Subject:
Monastic and religious life
Subject:
Desert Fathers
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Spiritual life -- Christianity.
Subject:
Christianity-Church History General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
108-88
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.75x5.06x.57 in. .40 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , These were the first Christian monks living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine and Syria. Their sayings were first recorded in the 4th century and consist of spiritual advice, anecdotes and parables. They have inspired poetry, opera and art as well as being a template for monastic life.
"Synopsis" by , First recorded in the fourth century, the Sayings of the first Christian monks--spiritual advice, anecdotes, parables, and reflections on life--influenced the rule of St. Benedict, set the pattern for Western monasticism, and have inspired centuries of poetry, opera, and art.

"Synopsis" by ,

The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. In contrast to the formalized and official theology of the "founding fathers" of the Church, they were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer, and poverty in direct and simple response to the gospel. First recorded in the fourth century, their Sayings—consisting of spiritual advice, anecdotes, parables, and reflections on life—influenced the rule of St. Benedict, set the pattern for Western monasticism, and have inspired centuries of poetry, opera, and art.

Organized around key themes—Charity, Fortitude, Lust, Patience, Prayer, Self-control, and Visions—this edition of the Sayings is fresh, accessible, and authoritative.

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