ISBN 9780140447316,The Desert Fathers

The Desert Fathers

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ISBN 9780140447316
Publisher

Penguin Books India

Publication Year 2003
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780140447316

ISBN-10 0140447318
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 240 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Fiction

The desert fathers provided the inspiration for Christian spirituality throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. The men and women who first embraced the life of solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine and Syria were seldom clerics or scholars. Yet these uneducated peasants, shepherds, itinerant traders, former slaves and prostitutes soon attracted so many followers they were said to have turned the desert into a city. From the fourth century onwards, along with biographies and full-length treatises, their reflections were brought together and widely circulated. Powerful and moving in their depth of religious conviction and wholehearted, even joyful, commitment to poverty, simplicity and humility, the Sayings directly influenced the Rule of St Benedict, and set the pattern for Western monasticism.
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