The Emergence of Monasticism: From the Desert Fathers to the by Marilyn Dunn

By Marilyn Dunn

This is often the 1st booklet to supply a entire account of the emergence of monasticism from its roots in overdue antiquity and its transition to the early medieval West. starting with the quest for person perfection within the context of the spiritual and social weather of fourth-century Egypt, it lines the adoption and transformation of monastic rules and practices first through the elites of the Western Roman Empire and later through the royalty and aristocracy of the so-called barbarian kingdoms, together with the Franks and Anglo-Saxons. It tracks the improvement of monastic principles and contains sections on girl asceticism and monasticism, on Irish monasticism and its effect, and the constructing theology of afterlife and intercession. This targeted paintings is predicated on an in depth attention of the texts, their use and model, and is the 1st therapy of the topic to attract jointly social and non secular ways. The ebook bargains a couple of unique views on significant matters and controversies.

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The practice of pilgrimage to Egyptian ascetics and to the Egyptian and Syrian deserts antedated the account by several decades - visitors from the western parts of the Empire had begun arriving as least as early as the 370s to experience ascetic life for themselves or to visit famous holy men. 9! Ascetic behaviour itself is performative by nature and some of monasticism’s most complex interactions with non-ascetic society, such as the numerous dramas of exorcism performed by Antony and other spiritual athletes, created a bridge between Christians and pagans, offering a powerful demonstration of the truths of the new religion.

In h s monasteries (eenobia),monlcs lived in a highly regulated fashion, eating and sleeping in common refectories and dormitories and meeting in church at more regular intervals than their eremitic counterparts. Pachomian Literature The history of Pachomius’ early ascetic life and monastic intentions is obscured by the complex and s d l unclear nature of the relationship between the early texts associated with his communities or koinonia. 3 Several Lives of Pachomius exist, in the Coptic ddects of Sahidic and Bohairic, in Greek and in Arabic.

His classification of the faults and their remedes was based on a tripartite division of the soul into passionate or concupiscent, irascible and rational parts and perhaps also on Galen’s medical theory of curing The Emewenee of Christian Eyematism 23 by opposites. Fasting restrains lust. Love - ‘charity’ - counters avarice and depression. Anger requires several antidotes - gentleness, compassion and charity. Aeeedia (listlessness) demands tears, perseverance and constant vigilance; whle vainglory and pride require both humhty and the sobering remembrance of past failure.

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