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The Book of the Elders

Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Systematic Collection
Translated by John Wortley; Foreword by Bernard Flusin

In the early part of the fourth century, a few Christians, mostly men and some women, began to withdraw from "the world" to retreat into the desert, there to practice their new religion more seriously ...

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Talking Back

A Monastic Handbook for Combating Demons
Evagrius of Pontus; Translated with an Introduction by David Brakke

How did the monks of the Egyptian desert fight against the demons that attacked them with tempting thoughts? How could Christians resist the thoughts of gluttony, fornication, or pride that assailed t ...

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Becoming Fire

Through the Year with the Desert Fathers and Mothers
Edited by Tim Vivian; Foreword by Aelred Glidden, OSB

The insights of the desert monks of the fifth and sixth centuries amaze, and startle, readers by their wisdom. Among other things, they teach "that the first step in overcoming our sinfulness is an ho ...

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Witness To Holiness

Abba Daniel of Scetis
Edited, with an Introduction, by Tim Vivian

Abba Daniel, priest, monastic superior and model of holiness in the austere world of desert monasticism, lived in the sixth century. Some dozen stories about him, and a few sayings attributed to him, ...

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Words To Live By

Journeys in Ancient and Modern Egyptian Monasticism
Tim Vivian

Give me a word, Father. From the time of Saint Antony—at least—younger monks would ask older, experienced monks, abbas or ammas (‘fathers’ or ‘mothers’), for a saving word, for advice, for wise counse ...

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The Book Of Steps

The Syriac Liber Graduum
Translated, with an Introduction and Notes, by Robert A. Kitchen and Maartien F. G. Parmentier

Intentionally anonymous and lacking concrete details of historical and cultural setting-and for many years suspected of messalianism-this collection of thirty memre [discourses] has been long recogniz ...

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Histories of the Monks of Upper Egypt and The Life of Onnophrius


Paphnutius; Translation and Introduction by Tim Vivian

The desert stood in stark opposition to the oikoumene, the inhabited world of the fourth century. Not because the world was a bad place, but because the desert —understood geographically, religiously, ...

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The Spiritual Meadow


John Moschos,Translated by John Wortley

'I have plucked the finest flowers of the unmown meadow and worked them into a row which I now offer to you', wrote John Moschos as he began his tales of the holy men of seventh-century Palestine and ...

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The Life of Isaac of Alexandria & The Martyrdom of Saint Macrobius


Mena Of Nikiou; Translated and annotated by David N. Bell

Separated by schism from greek and latin Christians and surviving under arab-islamic suzerainty, the Church of Egypt produced insightful saints and heroic martyrs in a chapter in church history now op ...

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The Hermitage Within

Spirituality of the Desert by a Monk
Translated by Alan Neame

A new edition of a treasured contemplative classic. The author takes readers on a journey based on biblical themes and urges them to seek a personal inner hermitage in which to seek and to reach God. ...

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Harlots Of The Desert

A Study of Repentance in Early Monastic Sources
Benedicta Ward SLG

Beauty consuming itself like incense burnt before God in solitude: these stories of penitent women from the fourth- century egyptian desert fascinated Christians in antiquity and throughout the Middle ...

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The Lives Of The Desert Fathers


Translated by Norman Russell, Introduction by Benedicta Ward SLG

Eyewitness accounts of the lives and teachings of the fourth-century Desert Fathers from the Historia monachorum in Aegypto.

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The Sayings Of The Desert Fathers

The Apophthegmata Patrum: The Alphabetic Collection
Translated, with an Introduction by Benedicta Ward SLG; Foreword by Metropolitan Anthony [Bloom] of Sourzah

`Give me a word, Father', visitors to early desert monks asked. The responses of these pioneer ascetics were remembered and in the fourth century written down in Coptic, Syriac, Greek, and later Latin ...

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The Praktikos & Chapters On Prayer


Evagrius Ponticus; Translated, with an Introduction, by John Eudes Bamberger OCSO

The living link through whom the ascetic principles of hellenistic philosophers passed into monasticism, Evagrius molded Christian asceticism through his own works and through his influence on John Ca ...

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