Desert Christians

Desert Christians : An Introduction to the Literature of Early Monasticism

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In this book, William Harmless provides an accessible introduction to early Christian monastic literature from Egypt and beyond. He introduces the reader to the major figures and literary texts, as well offering an up-to-date survey of current questions and scholarship in the field. The text is enhanced by the inclusion of chronologies, maps, outlines, illustrations, and bibliographies. The book will not only serve as a text for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses on early Christianity, the Desert Fathers, and Christian asceticism, but it should stimulate further research by making the fruits of recent scholarship more readily and widely more

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  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 149.9 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 635.04g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 9 halftones, numerous line drawings and tables
  • 0195162234
  • 9780195162233
  • 105,935

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Why waste words? - this is a thoroughly admirable book ... an accomplished and unassuming piece of scholarship. * David Satran, Scripta Classica Israelica * There is no doubt that this is an engaging, fascinating, and informative study...It belongs on the shelf of any student of early church history and monasticism. * A. D. Rich, Journal of Theological Studies * this volume offers a solid, balanced, well-researched, and clearly written introduction to and survey of early Egyptian monasticism. * Tim Vivian, Sobornost * Dr Harmless has produced a comprehensive introduction to the major figures in the Egyptian tradition...the book is thoroughly impressive and will undoubtedly prove very useful...splendid resource. * Augustine Casiday, SJT *show more

About William Harmless

William Harmless, S.J. is Professor of Theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. From 1996 to 2003, he held the Thomas E. Caestecker Chair of the Liberal Arts at Spring Hill College. He has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1978 and is the author of Augustine and the Catechumenate (1995). His research on early monasticism has appeared in the journals Theological Studies, Church History, and Studia more

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