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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 Scripture, both Old and New, and of Early monastic writers. Abba Isaiah has set forth a practical guide for monks, ever aware of the challanges that interpersonal relationships present within monastic communities.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-143-0
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Apr 7,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 284
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-143-0
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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 Scripture, both Old and New, and of Early 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 challanges that interpersonal relationships present within monastic communities.

John Chryssavgis is a Professor of Theology at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston. He completed his udergraduate studies in Athens and earned his doctoral degree at Oxford. Recent publications include The Way of the Fathers: Exploring the Minds of the Church Fathers (1988), Beyond the Shattered Image: Insights into an Orthodox Ecological Worldview(1999), and Soul Mending: The Art of Spiritual Direction (2000).

Pachomios (Robert) Penkett is an independent scholar currently researching Byzantine and Russian icons in British collections. Having completed his thesis on ascetism in the Spiritual Meadow of John of Moschos, he is directing the National Icon Collection Project. He has lectured widely in America, Canada, Europe, and Africa and has published work on the Desert fathers and Orthodox spirituality.

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 Scripture, both Old and New, and of Early 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 challanges that interpersonal relationships present within monastic communities.

John Chryssavgis is a Professor of Theology at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston. He completed his udergraduate studies in Athens and earned his doctoral degree at Oxford. Recent publications include The Way of the Fathers: Exploring the Minds of the Church Fathers (1988), Beyond the Shattered Image: Insights into an Orthodox Ecological Worldview(1999), and Soul Mending: The Art of Spiritual Direction (2000).

Pachomios (Robert) Penkett is an independent scholar currently researching Byzantine and Russian icons in British collections. Having completed his thesis on ascetism in the Spiritual Meadow of John of Moschos, he is directing the National Icon Collection Project. He has lectured widely in America, Canada, Europe, and Africa and has published work on the Desert fathers and Orthodox spirituality.

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Abba Isaiah of Scetis

John Chryssavgis

Pachomios (Robert) Penkett

  • Table of Contents (page 9)
  • Table of Abbreviations (page 11)
  • Preface (page 13)
  • Introduction (page 15)
  • Rules for the Brothers who Live with Him (page 41)
  • On the Natural State of the Intellect (page 45)
  • On the Condition of Beginners and Anchorites (page 49)
  • On the Conscience of Those who Stay in Their Cells (page 55)
  • Faithful Commandments for the Edification of Those who Wish to Live Peacefully Together (page 71)
  • On Those who Desire to Lead a Life of Good Silence that They May Take Care to Reject Those who Rob Their Soul, so as Not to Waste Their Time in Captivity and Bitter Slavery, for They Convince Their Heart to Do Improper Things and Forget Their Sins (page 79)
  • On Virtues (page 83)
  • Sayings (page 89)
  • Commands for Those who have Renounced (page 97)
  • Another Discourse (page 101)
  • On the Grain of Mustard Seed (page 103)
  • On Wine (page 105)
  • On Those who have Struggled and Reached Perfection (page 107)
  • Acts of Mourning (page 113)
  • On Detachment (page 117)
  • On the Joy that Comes to the Soul that Desires to Serve God (page 121)
  • On Thoughts about Renunciation and Exile (page 133)
  • On Forgiveness (page 141)
  • On Passions (page 145)
  • On Humility (page 149)
  • On Repentance (page 151)
  • On the Conduct of the New Person (page 165)
  • On Perfection (page 175)
  • On Tranquillity (page 183)
  • To Abba Peter, His Disciple (page 185)
  • Recorded by Isaiah's Disciple, Abba Peter, who had Heard it Spoken by his Master (page 213)
  • In which he says, 'Attend Diligently' (page 221)
  • The Branches of Malice (page 229)
  • Lamentations (page 237)
  • Bibliography (page 249)
  • Patristics Index (page 259)
  • Scripture Index (page 263)
  • Index of Names (page 273)
  • Subject Index (page 277)
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