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By Douglas Burton-Christie

The turning out to be scholarly recognition lately to the spiritual international of past due antiquity has concentrated new cognizance at the quest for holiness by means of the unusual, compelling, usually vague early Christian priests referred to as the barren region fathers. but in the past, little cognizance has been given to 1 of the main important dimensions in their spirituality: their astute, penetrating interpretation of Scripture. Rooted in solitude, cultivated in an environment of silence, orientated towards the sensible appropriation of the sacred texts, the barren region fathers' hermeneutic profoundly formed each point in their lives and have become an important a part of their legacy. This ebook explores the surroundings during which the early monastic stream emerged, the interpretive technique on the middle of the barren region fathers' quest for holiness, and the problematic styles of which means woven into their phrases and their lives.

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