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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140447316
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/29/2003
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 145,669
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet 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.

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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

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