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The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life

Translated, with an introduction, by Sebastian Brock

The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life
The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life

ISBN: 9780879079017, CS101

Details: 434 pgs, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/8
Publication Date: 11/01/1987
Cistercian Publications
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The textbook and pulpit notion that all Christendom is divided between Greek East and Latin West overlooks an ancient and still continuing third stream of tradition: Syriac Christianity.

Cut off from the rest of the Christian world by theological controversy in the fifth century, Arab conquest in the seventh, and Mongul invasions in the thirteenth, Syrian Christians continued to celebrate the christian mysteries, to meditate on Scripture, and to apply its teachings to their lives.

Some of them, attempting to realize here on earth their baptismal potential to re-enter paradise, chose a life of asceticism and single-minded devotion to Christ. Their reflections created across the centuries a rich literature. Some passed into the byzantine tradition; some remained unknown to other Christians and have never until now been translated into a modern language.

These Syriac fathers offer the modern heirs of both latin and greek Christendom new, yet ancient and enduring, insights on prayer and the spiritual life.

ISBN: 9780879079017, CS101

Details: 434 pgs, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/8
Publication Date: 11/01/1987
Cistercian Publications

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. . . unsurpassed as an introduction to the spirituality and the ascetical tradition of Syriac Christianity . . .
Worship

. . . an outstanding introduction to a little-known region in the history of spirituality, as well as a wise store of practical counsel for those seeking to pray more deeply
Church History

. . . provides a badly needed general introduction to the tangled history of Oriental Christianity . . .
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