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The Lives of the Desert Fathers

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Norman Russell (Translator)






In the year 394, seven monks from Palestine made a difficult journey through the Egyptian desert, drawn there by stories of remarkable men. What they found in the communities living far up the Nile Valley fully accorded with their expectations, and in the account written by one of their numbers we have a rare contemporary source of information about the lives of these Desert Fathers…
This book explores the background of these travellers’ tales and their encounters with the great men of the Desert and places the account in its literary context alongside the complementary text of the ‘Saying’ of the Fathers. — Backcover


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