Although there is some overlap of translated texts, this volume is important for its inclusion of a selection of letters (On the Faith, The Great Letter, and Letters 7, 8, 19 and 20) and a sampling of Evagrius' biblical exegesis (Notes on Job, Notes on Ecclesiastes, On the 'Our Father' and Notes on Luke). Evagrius remains a controversial figure, especially in terms of his speculative theology, he is one of the few desert fathers to have left behind a substantial collection of writings. Evagrius thus graces us with a systematic treatment of desert spirituality-he is the first to enumerate the 'eight thoughts' in The Praktikos which later evolve into the 'seven deadly sins' in the West-and the recent output of scholarship should be used as a bridge to the treasures of a spiritual guide considered by the Greek Christian tradition as the 'teacher of prayer par excellence,' treasures that are intended to direct us to what Driscoll has called the 'knowledge of the Holy Trinity in a luminous place of prayer.' 398 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
Presenting many texts available for the very first time, this new volume in the successful Early Church Fathers series showcases full translations of Evagrius' letters, notes on various books of the bible, his treatises and his 'chapters'.
Augustine Casiday's material is both accurate and refreshingly approachable, and the work is prefaced by a solid introductory essay that presents Evagrius, his work and influences, and modern scholarship in an easy-to-understand way for beginners.
For students dealing with Evagrius for the first time, they could not find a better book to begin their exploration of this figure in late-ancient history and theology.