JOHN CHRYSSAYGIS, PACHOMIOS ROBERT PENKETT
Title: Abba Isaiah of Scetis
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Cistercian Abbey of Spencer Inc December 2002
0879077506 / 9780879077501
Seller ID: 12941
Written in the fifth century, during one of the most formative periods of christian monasticism in Egypt and Palestine, the Ascetic Discourses show a strong influence of the Scriptures, both Old and New, and of earlier monastic writers. They are marked by a faithfulness to tradition, yet equally by a note of originality distinctive to the Gaza region. Abba Isaiah has set forth a practical guide for monks, ever aware of the challenges that interpersonal relationships present within monastic communities. Functionality, however, does not overwhelm Isaiah's emphasis of the intimate nature of the relationship between the monk and Jesus. He does this by illustrating that the imitation of Christ is at the core of each monk's life.