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Select Studies in Christian Monasticism (5 vols.)
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The Select Studies in Christian Monasticism collection provides you with a number of resources on the history, styles, disciplines, and influential figures of early Christian monasticism, beginning with the Desert Fathers of Egypt and culminating with the developed monasticism of both France and Ireland. Everything you need to know about the origin of monasticism, the way it spread, and the people who made it possible is included in this collection. A volume of famous sayings of the Desert Fathers is also included, providing a fascinating glimpse into the theology and piety of early Christian monks.

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Key Features

  • Historical introduction to early Christian monasticism
  • Biography of a sixth century Irish missionary to Scotland
  • Collected sayings of various Desert Fathers and monks

Individual Titles

Christian Monasticism in Egypt to the Close of the Fourth Century

  • Author: W. H. Mackean
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Publication Date: 1920
  • Pages: 160

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This volume examines the history of monasticism in Egypt, comparing both Christian and non-Christian sources of origin. The monastic lifestyles of both the cenobitic and eremitic are detailed, with some of the particular aspects of the Egyptian monastic ethos given a full treatment. The influence of Egyptian monasticism on the rest of the Christian world is also covered, with an additional focus on St. Athanasius of Alexandria.

Christian Monasticism from the Fourth to the Ninth Centuries

  • Author: I. Gregory Smith
  • Publisher: A.D. Innes and Company
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 351

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This important work details not only the origin, growth, and particularities of Christian monasticism, but also profiles several key figures in the influence of Christian monasticism, including St. Anthony the Great, Pachomius, St. John Cassian, St. Benedict of Nursia, and several others.

Saint Columba: Apostle of Caledonia

  • Author: Charles F. Montalembert
  • Publisher: The Catholic Publication House
  • Publication Date: 1868
  • Pages: 171

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This resource is a biographical introduction to the life and work of St. Columba of Iona (521–597), venerated by the Orthodox Church as the “Enlightener of Scotland.” Columba was an Irish missionary and monastic who traveled to Scotland to evangelize the Picts, establishing a monastery on the island of Iona, just off the west coast of Scotland. He is also the earliest source of the legend of the Loch Ness Monster (ca. 565).

The History of the Islands of the Lerins: The Monastery, Saints, and Theologians of S. Honorat

  • Author: A. C. Cooper Marsden
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 336

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This volume introduces the history and key figures of the monasteries of Lerins, which is just off the southern coast of France. Some of the individuals covered are St. Vincent, St. John Cassian, Hilary of Arles, and many more. A history of the island and its monasteries to the beginning of the twentieth century is also given.

The Wisdom of the Desert

  • Author: James O. Hannay
  • Publisher: Methuen and Company
  • Publication Date: 1904
  • Pages: 140

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This work gathers together several sayings from the early Desert Fathers and monastics of the Church. The sayings are topically arranged, covering charity, humility, discretion, fasting, poverty, obedience, avoiding the praise of men, anger, avoiding many words, evil thoughts, and more.

Product Details

  • Title: Select Studies in Christian Monasticism
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,158