Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great

Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great : Community, Theology, and Social Conflict in Late Antique Egypt

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Shenoute the Great (c.347-465) led one of the largest Christian monastic communities in late antique Egypt and was the greatest native writer of Coptic in history. For approximately eight decades, Shenoute led a federation of three monasteries and emerged as a Christian leader. His public sermons attracted crowds of clergy, monks, and lay people; he advised military and government officials; he worked to ensure that his followers would be faithful to orthodox Christian teaching; and he vigorously and violently opposed paganism and the oppressive treatment of the poor by the rich. This volume presents in translation a selection of his sermons and other orations. These works grant us access to the theology, rhetoric, moral teachings, spirituality, and social agenda of a powerful Christian leader during a period of great religious and social change in the later Roman more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 7 b/w illus. 2 maps
  • 1139136844
  • 9781139136846

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'The book includes footnotes, a valuable bibliography, and a useful index of names, subjects, maps, and figures. Brakke and Crislip's book is a modern and accurate translation of Shenoute's Discourses, so that it is an important contribution in the spirituality of Shenoute and his form of monasticism. Meticulously researched, this competent book provides a starting point for new investigations of the role of Shenoute in the history of Egyptian asceticism. Undoubtedly, Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great will become a significant landmark for researchers in the field.' Daniel Lemeni, Tealogiashow more

Table of contents

Shenoute's life, times, and Discourses; Part I. Heretics and Other Enemies of the Church: 1. And it happened one day; 2. As I sat on a mountain; 3. I am amazed; Part II. Shenoute as Pastor and Preacher: 4. I see your eagerness; 5. Some kinds of people sift dirt and Whoever seeks God will find; 6. The idolatrous pagans, or And we will reveal something else; 7. And let us also reprove; 8. I answered; 9. And after a few days; 10. See how clearly revealed is the foolishness of pitiless people; 11. Truly when I think; 12. A priest will never cease; 13. When the Word says; Part III. The Christian's Struggle with Satan: 14. In the night; 15. Because of you too, O Prince of Evil; 16. A beloved asked me years ago; 17. As we began to preach; Part IV. The Conflict with Gesios: 18. Not because a fox barks; 19. Let our eyes (translated by Stephen Emmel); 20. A26; 21. God says through those who are His; 22. God is more