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The Desert Fathers on Monastic Community

Graham Gould


This book studies the life and thought of the Christian monks of 4th- and 5th-century lower Egypt. It works from collections of their sayings and stories which were compiled in the late 5th century and which are known collectively as the Apopthegmata Patrum. These texts show that the Desert Fathers were deeply concerned with the nature of the monastic community that they formed and with the problems which might affect relationships between individuals within it. Successive chapters of the book centre on the text of the Apopthegmata itself as a witness to the community's sense of its own histor ... More

Keywords: Christian monks, lower Egypt, Apopthegmata Patrum, Desert Fathers, monastic community, anger, judgement, praise, good relationships, solitude

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198263456
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263456.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graham Gould, author
King's College London