The I.B.Tauris History of Monasticism Hardback

The Eastern Tradition

by John Binns;

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The I.B.Tauris History of Monasticism

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For all its rich history in the Latin lands, Christian monasticism began in the east; and it is from the third-century Egyptian wilderness that the wellsprings of monastic culture and spirituality can most directly be sourced. This essential companion to the corresponding I.B.Tauris volume on the western tradition thus begins with St Anthony, the 'Father of Monks', who retreated with his disciples into the scorched Eastern Desert. Anthony inspired the former Roman conscript Pachomius (292-348 CE) to establish a monastery for men and women and devise a formal rule. Such community monasticism then brought cells of hermits together into a federalised structure where property was held in common under an abbot or abbess. John Binns shows how the Orthodox community of Mount Athos and the western Rule of St Benedict were alike strongly influenced by the austerity and sanctity that began with the original Desert Fathers and also by the organisational efforts of Pachomius. This vivid, authoritative account traces the four main branches of eastern Christianity, up to and beyond the Great Schism of 1054.

The I.B.Tauris History of Monasticism by John Binns was published by I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd in December 2016. The ISBN for The I.B.Tauris History of Monasticism is 9781848858350.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherI.B.Tauris & Co Ltd (December 2016)
Number of Pages336
Thickness25 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code3918435
Page last updated 25th February 2017
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