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Author Wortley, John, author

Title An introduction to the Desert Fathers / John Wortley
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019


Description 1 online resource (1 volume)
Contents Desert Fathers -- Beginnings -- Becoming a monk -- Impediments to progress -- The object of the exercise -- Prayer -- Discretion -- Work -- Eating and drinking -- Hospitality and neighbourliness -- Women in the desert -- Literacy -- Heresy -- The Pachomian experiment
Summary "Christian monasticism emerged in the Egyptian deserts in the fourth century AD. This introduction explores its origins and subsequent development and what it aimed to achieve, including the obstacles that it encountered, for the most part making use of the monks' own words as they are preserved (in Greek) primarily in the so-called Sayings of the Desert Fathers. Mainly focussing on monastic settlements in the Nitrian desert (especially at ScĂȘtĂȘ), it asks how the monks prayed, ate, drank and slept, as well as how they discharged their obligations both to earn their own living by handiwork and to exercise hospitality. It also discusses the monks' degree of literacy, as well as women in the desert and Pachomius and his monasteries in Upper Egypt. Written in straightforward language, the book is accessible to all students and scholars, and anyone with a general interest in this important and fascinating phenomenon"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on August 28, 2019)
Subject Desert Fathers.
Monasticism and religious orders -- Egypt -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600
Desert Fathers
Monasticism and religious orders -- Early church
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781108646116