Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great
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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 Empire.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 338 pages
  • 158 x 235 x 21mm | 690g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Maps; 6 Halftones, black and white; 1 Line drawings, black and white
  • 1107022568
  • 9781107022560
  • 736,680

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 blessed.
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Review quote

'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, Tealogia '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, Tealogia
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About Professor David Brakke

David Brakke is Joe R. Engle Chair in the History of Christianity and Professor of History at Ohio State University. He is the author of Athanasius and the Politics of Asceticism (1995), Demons and the Making of the Monk: Spiritual Combat in Early Christianity (2006) and The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity (2010). He is also editor and translator of Evagrius of Pontus: Talking Back: A Monastic Handbook for Combating Demons (2009). Andrew Crislip is William E. and Miriam S. Blake Chair in the History of Christianity and Associate Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of two books on healing and monasticism in late antiquity, Thorns in the Flesh: Illness and Sanctity in Late Ancient Egypt (2012) and From Monastery to Hospital: The Transformation of Health Care in Late Antiquity (2005), as well as numerous articles and essays on early Christian life and thought.
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