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Early Christian Lives (Penguin Classics) (edition 1998)

by Carolinne White (Editor)

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Written between the mid-fourth and late sixth centuries to commemorate and glorify the achievements of early Christian saints, these six biographies depict men who devoted themselves to solitude, poverty and prayer. Athanasius records Antony's extreme seclusion in the Egyptian desert, despite temptation by the devil and visits from his followers. Jerome also shows those who fled persecution or withdrew from society to pursue lives of chastity and asceticism in his accounts of Paul of Thebes, Hilarion and Malchus. In his Life of Martin, Sulpicius Severus describes the achievements of a man who combined the roles of monk, bishop and missionary, while Gregory the Great tells of Benedict, whose Rule became the template for monastic life. Full of vivid incidents and astonishing miracles, these Lives have provided inspiration as models for centuries of Christian worship.… (more)
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Some of these writings are very moving, and they predate the more literary and scholarly writings of Origen and Tertullian and subsequent writers; they are thus quite 'raw' and primitive. I love the open letter to Diognesus (sometimes called 'Mathetes'), but the collection doesn't include the Shepherd of Hermes, which is early and was even considered 'scripture' by some. It's visionary aspect might have given the collection a 'lift', as some of Ignatius' letters might seem a little dry. ( )
1 vote PeterGMcCarthy | May 19, 2020 |
Anthony of Egypt, Saint, ca. 250-355 or 6.
Paul the Hermit, Saint, d. ca. 341.
Hilarion Saint, ca. 291-ca. 371.
Malchus Saint.
Martin Saint, Bishop of Tours, ca. 316-397.
Benedict Saint, Abbot of Monte Cassino.
Monastic and religious life -- History -- Early church, approximately 30-600.
Christian saints.
Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600 -- Biography.
Monastic and religious life -- Biography.
Monastic and religious life -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
  Priory | Aug 27, 2013 |
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Six biographies of important figures in early monatsticism - Athanasius' life of Anthony, three short biographies by Jerome, Sulpicius Severus' life of Martin of Tours and Gregory the Great's life of Benedict. They all live holy lives and perform many miracles (often involving expelling demons from the possessed). Arians and other heretics are at least as bothersome as the pagan authorities (and more so after the early fourth century). Devils take on physical form and wrestle with our heroes. I had come across some of this material in Gibbon (who hates monks and all they stand for) but it was interesting to see it in its own context. ( )
  nwhyte | Aug 22, 2011 |
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Written between the mid-fourth and late sixth centuries to commemorate and glorify the achievements of early Christian saints, these six biographies depict men who devoted themselves to solitude, poverty and prayer. Athanasius records Antony's extreme seclusion in the Egyptian desert, despite temptation by the devil and visits from his followers. Jerome also shows those who fled persecution or withdrew from society to pursue lives of chastity and asceticism in his accounts of Paul of Thebes, Hilarion and Malchus. In his Life of Martin, Sulpicius Severus describes the achievements of a man who combined the roles of monk, bishop and missionary, while Gregory the Great tells of Benedict, whose Rule became the template for monastic life. Full of vivid incidents and astonishing miracles, these Lives have provided inspiration as models for centuries of Christian worship.

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