The Desert Fathers (Penguin Black Classics Series)
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...
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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.
IntroductionFurther ReadingA Note On The Text1. Progress In Perfection2. Quiet3. Compunction4. Self-Control5. Lust6. Possessing Nothing7. Fortitude8. Nothing Done For Show9. Non-Judgement10. Discretion11. Sober Living12. Unceasing Prayer13. Hospitality14. Obedience15. Humility16. Patience17. Charity18. VisionsSome Names From The Text
The desert fathers provided the inspiration for Christian spirituality throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. The men and women who first embraced the life of solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine and Syria were seldom clerics or scholars. Yet these uneducated peasants, shepherds, itinerant traders, former slaves and prostitutes soon attracted so many followers they were said to have turned the desert into a city. From the fourth century onwards, along with biographies and full-length treatises, their reflections were brought together and widely circulated. Powerful and moving in their depth of religious conviction and wholehearted, even joyful, commitment to poverty, simplicity and humility, the Sayings directly influenced the Rule of St Benedict, and set the pattern for Western monasticism. This Penguin Classics edition makes freshly accessible the most influential Latin collection of Sayings.
Benedicta Ward is Reader in the History of Christian Spirituality at the University of Oxford.
- :the Desert Fathersintroduction<br>further Reading<br>a Note On The Text<br>1. Progress In Perfection<br>2. Quiet<br>3. Compunction<br>4. Self-control<br>5. Lust<br>6. Possessing Nothing<br>7. Fortitude<br>8. Nothing Done For Show<br>9. Non-judgement<br>10. Discretion<br>11. Sober Living<br>12. Unceasing Prayer<br>13. Hospitality<br>14. Obedience<br>15. Humility<br>16. Patience<br>17. Charity<br>18. Visions<br><p>some Names From The Text</p>