The Desert Fathers

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University of Michigan Press, 1957 - History - 209 pages
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By the fourth century A.D., devout Christians -- men and women alike -- had begun to retreat from cities and villages to the deserts of North Africa and Asia Minor, where they sought liberation from their corrupt society and the confining shell of the social self. "The Desert Fathers" is the perfect introduction to the stories and sayings of these heroic pioneers of the contemplative tradition. Selected and translated by Helen Waddell, "The Desert Fathers" opens a window onto early Christianity while presenting us with touching human models of faith, humility, and compassion.
 

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User Review  - StephenBarkley - LibraryThing

The desert fathers were radicals. They sold their possessions and left society behind to spend all of their time in prayer and meditation. The further away they were from each other and especially ... Read full review

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User Review  - ireneadler - LibraryThing

A terrific translation of the desert fathers (and some mothers); a classic edition for any library. It makes a perfect companion to Merton's Wisdom of the Desert. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE LIFE OF ST PAUL THE FIRST HERMIT
26
HISTORY OF THE MONKS OF EGYPT
40
THE SAYINGS OF THE FATHERS
58
THE SAYINGS OF THE FATHERS
130
THE SAYINGS OF THE FATHERS
147
OF MORTIFICATION
156
FRAGMENTS FROM THE PARADISUS OF PALLADIUS
163
THE PRATUM SPIRITUALS OF JOHN MOSCHUS
166
THE LIFE OF ST PELAGIA THE HARLOT
173
THE LIFE OF ST MARY THE HARLOT
189
NOTES
203
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