The fathers of the desert or, An account of the origin and practice of monkery among heathen nations; its passage into the church; and some wonderful stories of the fathers concerning the primitive monks and hermits. by Henry Ruffner

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Published by Baker and Scribner in New York .

Written in English

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Subjects:

  • Monasticism and religious orders,
  • Asceticism,
  • Fathers of the church

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StatementBy Henry Ruffner.
SeriesHistory of religions preservation project -- MN 05023.4
The Physical Object
FormatMicroform
Pagination2 v.
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The Desert Fathers is an interesting insight into how the Desert Fathers lived their lives and practiced their faith. The preface written by M. Basil Pennington makes an interesting observation that John the Baptist might have been influenced by the Essene/Qumranite community that Cited by:   Fathers of the Desert was first published in English in The book describes the beliefs, lives and practices of a number of individual desert fathers and groups like the Anchorites.

It also goes into details about the general spiritual life in the first six centuries in the Middleast. The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. In contrast to the formalized and official theology of the "founding fathers" of the Church, they were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer, and poverty in direct and simple response to the gospel/5().

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, The Alphabetical Collection, Translated, with a foreword by Benedicta Ward, SLG, Preface by Metropolitan Anthony (Kalamazoo, Cistercian Publications, ) The monks we hear in this book are the first exemplars of what would become monastic life/5().

About The Desert Fathers. The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria.

In contrast to the formalized and official theology of the “founding fathers” of the Church, they were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer, and poverty in direct and simple response.

"The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks," translated and with an introduction by Benedicta Ward, not only provides insight into the life and thought of early Christian monasticism, but is a source of inspiriation for anyone who wishes to take seriously the /5.

Eyewitness accounts of the lives and teachings of the fourth-century Desert Fathers from the Historiamonachorum in Aegypto.4/5. The Apophthegmata Patrum, or Sayings of the Fathers, is a text believed to originate around the 5th century AD, which contains a large collection of quotes attributed to the Desert Fathers, frequently those who lived in Scetis.

This includes folkwisdom, theological and Christological statements, moral advice, and intriguing folktales/5. The Tales and Sayings of the Desert Fathers (Apophthegmata Patrum) are a key source of evidence for the practice and theory respectively of eremitic monasticism, a significant phenomenon within the early history of Christianity.

The publication of this book finally ensures the availability of all three major collections which constitute the Reviews: 2. desert to live in complete solitude. His reputation attracted followers, who settled near him, and in c.

he came out of his hermitage in order to act as their spiritual father. Five years later he again retired into solitude. He visited Alexandria at least twice. Once during the persecution of Christians and again to support the Bishop. Known as the “Desert Fathers”, they left everything in search of knowing Jesus Christ by making the Gospels absolutely integral to their daily lives.

They wanted to commit themselves totally (body, soul, mind, and will) to being a disciple of the Lord Jesus with a profound holy zeal moving them to become ever more like Christ.

The second half of the book presents other Desert Fathers, such as Paul of Thebes, Pachomius, and Simeon Stylites, as well as the great founders of the monastic communities in Western Europe who were inspired by them: John Cassian, Columban, and Benedict, for example.

The Desert Fathers book. Read 25 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. By the fourth century A.D., devout Christians--men and women ali /5. The publication of this long-awaited English translation of the collection of sayings by the Desert Fathers, known as the ‘systematic’ version, is an event to be The fathers of the desert book.

John Wortley has provided us with a fluent and readable version of this important anthology, allowing us now to explore the wisdom of the Desert Fathers in a more /5(4). The Desert Fathers (along with Desert Mothers) were early Christian hermits, ascetics, and monks who lived mainly in the Scetes desert of Egypt beginning around the third century AD.

The Apophthegmata Patrum is a collection of the wisdom of some of the early desert monks and nuns, in print as Sayings of the Desert Fathers. How the Desert Fathers “Meditated” John Wortley NE OF THE MOST frequently recommended practices among the earliest Christian monks, “the Desert Fathers” of the Apophthegmata, is what they called mel°th, the verb being meletçn.

Thus it was the custom of John the Dwarf to dedicate himself to prayer, meletê, and psalmody. The Desert Fathers emerged in Egypt. Perhaps as early as the late ’s AD, these Egyptian Christian men left the pagan cities, the persecutions and the distractions of life to live as hermits in the Sahara Desert.

Their purpose was to live a solitary life solely dedicated to God. Saint Anthony the Great. Books shelved as desert-fathers: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection by Benedicta Ward, The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Ear. Fathers of the desert by,Burns and Oates edition, - 2nd ed.

and received a D. Phil, from Oxford University. Among her many books and articles are Miracles and the Medieval Mind, the Prayers and Meditations of Saint Anselm, and two companion volumes to the present work: The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers, a translation of the shorter Anonymous Series of apophthegmata, and The Harlots ofFile Size: 1MB.

The great fathers of the desert are all covered in detail, beginning with Paul of Thebes and Anthony the Great, moving all the way through the sixth and seventh centuries and covering great fathers like John Climacus, author of the pivotal Ladder of Divine Ascent.

The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. In contrast to the formalised and official theology of the "founding fathers" of the church, the Desert Fathers were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer and poverty in direct and simple response to the gospel.

The wise bishop advised the Father that he was suffering from hidden pride and that the most efficacious tears spiritually were those hidden within the heart. The Father wrestled endlessly with the secret pride within him, sincerely asking for God's help, and his tears began to subside. Read other parts of this book: Read other parts of this book.

In the year seven monks from Palestine made a difficult journey through the Egyptian desert, drawn there by stories of remarkable men.

What they found in the communities living far up the Nile Valley fully accorded with their expectations, and in the account written by one of their number we have a rare contemporary source of information about the lives of these Desert : "The Desert Fathers" is the perfect introduction to the stories and sayings of these heroic pioneers of the contemplative tradition.

Selected and translated by Helen Waddell, "The Desert Fathers" opens a window onto early Christianity while presenting us with touching human models of /5(4). The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. In contrast to the formalised and official theology of the "founding fathers" of the church, the Desert Fathers were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer and poverty in direct and simple response to the gospel.5/5.

Life No 4, Book 1a. The Life of Saint Malchus, (Also St Onuphrius, further down page) 84 [Celebrated in the Roman Martyrology on October This Life appears in Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers, not as a letter addressed to anyone in particular.

Written probably in ] Monk and Captive. by Jerome, presbyter Prologue. Find a huge variety of new & used Desert Fathers books online including bestsellers & rare titles at the best prices.

Shop Desert Fathers books at Alibris. The words and stories of the Desert Fathers shall not die out. There have been numerous holy writers, St Alphonsus for example, who used the sayings of Desert Fathers to teach (see his book Conformity with the Divine Will).

Thomas A Kempis, in the Imitation. “The crown of the monk is humility.” ∼ Abba Orr, Desert Father, fourth century. The Lenten season is well underway and it would be difficult to find devotional writings more aligned with the spirit of Lent than the words of the Desert Fathers.

Two volumes come to mind: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, translated by Benedicta Ward, SLG; and The Lives of the Desert Fathers. I highly recommend The Paradise of the Holy ’s a two-volume set. The first volume contains the Life of St.

Antony of Egypt, the Lausiac History, the Rules of St. Pachomius, and possibly a few other things that are slipping my second volume contains a collection of sayings from the Desert Fathers, a conversation between a novice and an Abba, and a handful of other items.

This is the best book I have ever read, excluding the bible. It is so helpful and gives you the greatest advice. When reading about what the desert fathers have to say, you get so intuned with it and makes you to try to live a good life.

It has helped me fight temptation. Desert Fathers, early Christian hermits whose practice of asceticism in the Egyptian desert, beginning in the 3rd century, formed the basis of Christian ing the example of Jesus’ life of poverty, service, and self-denial, these early monks devoted themselves to vows of austerity, prayer, and ers who chose to go into the desert as hermits were said to be answering.

The Desert Fathers and Mothers were Hermits, Ascetics and Monks who lived mainly in the Scetes desert of Egypt, beginning around the third century CE. They were the first Christian hermits, who abandoned the cities of the pagan world to live in solitude.[1] These original desert hermits were Christians fleeing the chaos and persecution of the Roman Empire s Crisis of the Third Century.

The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. In contrast to the formalised and official theology of the "founding fathers" of the church, the Desert Fathers were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer and poverty in direct and simple response to the s: Father John's inspiring introduction to the spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers brings their words to life for the modern reader.

These key figures of the early church chose lives of hardship and solitude, where they could point their hearts away from the outward world and toward an introspective path of God's calling in a deliberate and individual way.4/5(2).

The life of St. Paul the first hermit / by St. Jerome --History of the monks of Egypt / translated from the Greek by Rufinus of Aquileia --The sayings of the fathers / translated from the Greek by Pelagius the deacon and John the subdeacon --The sayings of the fathers / from the Greek by an unknown translator --The sayings of the fathers.

The personal tones of the translations, the blend of reverence and humor so characteristic of him, show how deeply Merton identified with the legendary authors of these sayings and parables, the fourth-century Christian Fathers who sought solitude and contemplation in the deserts of the Near East.

The hermits of Screte who turned their backs on a corrupt society remarkably like our own had 4/5(9). Ishmael, a figure in the Tanakh and the Quran, was Abraham's first son according to Jews, Christians and l was born to Abraham and Sarah's Egyptian handmaiden Hagar (Genesis ).According to the Genesis account, he died at the age of (Genesis ).

The Book of Genesis, and the Christian and Islamic traditions consider Ishmael to be the ancestor of the. The following are excerpts from what is widely known in the Coptic Church as "Bustan al-rohbaan" (The Monks' Garden), also referred to in English as the "Paradise of the Desert Fathers".

Bustan al-rohbann is not a single book, rather it is a collection of sayings and accounts written by and about the Desert Fathers of Egypt.

The Desert Fathers (Favorite Passages) 20 Jan by Tim Miller Blog, Religion/Myth Alongside the sayings of Ramakrishna and the monks of Zen Buddhism, the sayings of the Christian Desert Fathers are about all the wisdom I need, and below are my. The Desert Fathers, Christians who took shelter in the deserts of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Syria, and Palestine between the III and VII century, lived as hermits in .In this transcript of a retreat talk, Trevor Miller offers an outline for Understanding Desert Monasticism.

DESERT FATHERS. In the early centuries of the Church’s history, spreading as it did along the trade routes of the Middle East and the Mediterranean and Aegean coastlands, places of worship were the homes of believers or the open air, wherever they could meet unseen because there was.

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