The Book of the Elders: Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Systematic Collection

The Book of the Elders: Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Systematic Collection

In the early part of the fourth century, a few Christians, mostly men and some women, began to withdraw from "the world" to retreat into the desert, there to practice their new religion more seriously. The person who aspired to "renounce the world" first had to find an "elder," a person who would accept him as a disciple and apprentice. To his elder (whom he would address as abba—father) the neophyte owed complete obedience; from his abba, he would receive provisions… (more)

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Publisher: Cistercian Publications (May 01, 2012)

Collection: Cistercian Studies

Parent ISBN: 9780879072018

Page count: 416 pages

Language: English


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