The Forgotten Desert Mothers: Sayings, Lives and Stories of Early Christian Women

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Forgotten Desert Mothers, The: Sayings, Lives, and Stories of Early Christian Women

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Library Journal
Despite the very substantial and continuing interest in women's issues in Christianity and the ceaseless stream of publications for, by, and about Christian women, there has been astonishingly little about the early generations of female ascetics the Ammas of the desert. Swan's fine accessible and scholarly work here should help to repair that lack. She includes not only a good overview of the ascetic background but also a fresh translation and commentary on the Ammas' known sayings, an account of lesser-known Ammas, and a calendar of feasts for the Ammas. An excellent starting-place for the study of women in religion, women in the Church, and asceticism, this is highly recommended. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809140169
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 895,088
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The World of the Desert Mothers 5
Ch. 2 Desert Spirituality 20
Ch. 3 The Sayings of the Desert Mothers 32
Ch. 4 Bright Stars in the Desert Sky: Lesser Known Desert Mothers 71
Ch. 5 Deaconesses of the Early Church 106
Ch. 6 Mentors of the Monastic Way: Communities and Their Leaders 127
Epilogue: The Gift of the Desert 151
Timeline of the Forgotten Desert Mothers 170
App The Ordination Rite of Deacons 171
Notes 179
Glossary of Selected Terms 193
Ordo: A Calendar of Feasts of Holy Women 201
Selected Bibliography 205
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