Word in the Desert: Scripture and the Quest for Holiness in Early Christian Monasticism / Edition 1

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Overview


The growing scholarly attention in recent years to the religious world of late antiquity has focused new attention on the quest for holiness by the strange, compelling, often obscure early Christian monks known as the desert fathers. Yet until now, little attention has been given to one of the most vital dimensions of their spirituality: their astute, penetrating interpretation of Scripture. Rooted in solitude, cultivated in an atmosphere of silence, oriented toward the practical appropriation of the sacred texts, the desert fathers' hermeneutic profoundly shaped every aspect of their lives and became a significant part of their legacy. This book explores the setting within which the early monastic movement emerged, the interpretive process at the center of the desert fathers' quest for holiness, and the intricate patterns of meaning woven into their words and their lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195083330
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Loyola Marymount University
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Author's Note
I The Desert Hermeneutic in Its Setting
1 Introduction: Toward a Desert Hermeneutic 3
2 Scripture and the Quest for Holiness in Late Antiquity 33
3 The Sayings of the Desert Fathers 76
II Approaches to the Word in the Desert
4 The Use of Scripture in the Desert 107
5 Words and Praxis 134
III The Word Realized
6 Eschatology, Penthos, and the Struggle against Evil 181
7 Renunciation, Freedom from Care, and the Recovery of Paradise 213
8 The Humble Way of Christ 236
9 The Commandment of Love 261
Epilogue 297
Appendix: Biblical Texts Cited in Cotelier's Greek Text and in Modern Translations of the Sayings 301
Selected Bibliography 305
Index of Biblical Citations 323
General Index 327
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