The Desert Fathers   -     By: Benedicta Ward
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The Desert Fathers

Penguin Putnam Inc. / 2003 / Paperback

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Organized around major themes---charity, fortitude, lust, patience, prayer, self-control, and visions---these sayings, first recorded in the fourth century, are in the form of anecdotes, advice, parables, and reflections on life. They've set the pattern for Christian spirituality and ethics for centuries. 304 pages, softcover. Penguin.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Penguin Putnam Inc.
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.13 X 0.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0140447318
ISBN-13: 9780140447316
UPC: 051488014003
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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. First recorded in the fourth century, their Sayings—consisting of spiritual advice, anecdotes, parables, and reflections on life—influenced the rule of St. Benedict, set the pattern for Western monasticism, and have inspired centuries of poetry, opera, and art.

Organized around key themes—Charity, Fortitude, Lust, Patience, Prayer, Self-control, and Visions—this edition of the Sayings is fresh, accessible, and authoritative.

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Benedicta Ward is a reader in the history of early Christian spirituality at the Theology Faculty in Oxford. She has translated The Prayers and Meditations of St. Anselm for Penguin Classics.


Benedicta Ward is a reader in the history of early Christian spirituality at the Theology Faculty in Oxford. She has translated The Prayers and Meditations of St. Anselm for Penguin Classics.

Benedicta Ward is a reader in the history of early Christian spirituality at the Theology Faculty in Oxford. She has translated The Prayers and Meditations of St. Anselm for Penguin Classics.

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