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The Sayings and Stories of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

Volume 1; A–H (Ȇta)

Translated and introduced by Tim Vivian;Preface by Kathleen Norris; Foreword by Terrence G. Kardong, OSB†

The Sayings and Stories of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
The Sayings and Stories of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

eISBN: 9780879071127, CS287E

Details: 416 pgs,
Publication Date: 02/15/2021
Cistercian Publications
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The Sayings and Stories of the Desert Fathers and Mothers offers a new translation of the Greek alphabetical Apophthegmata Patrum, The Sayings of the Desert Fathers. For the first time in an English translation, this volume provides:

  • extensive background and contextual notes
  • significant variant readings in the alphabetical manuscripts and textual differences vis-à-vis the systematic and anonymous Apophthegmata
  • reference notes to both quotations from Scriptures and the many allusions to Scripture in the sayings and stories.

In addition, there is an extensive glossary that offers information and further resources on people, places, and significant monastic vocabulary. Perfect for students and enthusiasts of the desert tradition.

Tim Vivian is professor emeritus of religious studies at California State University Bakersfield and a retired priest in the Episcopal Church. In 2018, he received an honorary doctorate of divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP, Episcopal) for his scholarship and work for social justice. He has published numerous books, articles, and book reviews on early Christian monasticism, including, with Cistercian Publications, The Life of Antony, Words to Live By, The Holy Workshop of Virtue, and Becoming Fire.