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The Book of the Elders

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Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Systematic Collection
In the early part of the fourth century, a few Christians, mostly men and some women, began to withdraw from "the world" to retreat into the desert, there to practice their new religion more seriously. The person who aspired to "renounce the world" first had to find an "elder," a person who would accept him as a disciple and apprentice. To his elder (whom he would address as abba—father) the neophyte owed complete obedience; from his abba, he would receive provisions (as it were) for the road to virtue. In addition to the abba's own example of living, there was the verbal teaching of the elders in sayings and tales, setting out the theory and practice of the eremitic life. In due course, these sayings (or apophthegmata) were written down and, later, collected and codified. The earliest attempts to codify tales and sayings are now lost.
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  • ISBN: 9780879077709
  • Uitgave: The Liturgical Press
  • Jaar van uitgave: 2012
  • Taal: Engels
  • Artikelnummer: 63051986
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