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The Wisdom of Saint Isaac the Syrian

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Sebastian Brock (Translator)






In the last fifty years there has been notable renewal of interest in this seventh-century master of the ascetic life. A long-neglected manuscript has now been recognised as the work of Saint Isaac, owing chiefly to the scholarly investigations of Dr Sebastian Brock, and is gradually being made available to English readers.

The present selection of short sayings, with a valuable introduction, is part of the fruit of Dr Brock’s work. The content is eminently practical. Each sentence targets the reader’s attention with an often startling truth and holds the mind steadily in its light. Saint Isaac’s vivid use of images drawn directly from nature, husbandry and general human experience dispenses with the need for commentary or interpretation. The sayings are themselves powerful enough to move the heart to penitence and prayer. — Backcover


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