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The <i>Apophthegmata Patrum</i>: Portraits

William, S.J. Harmless

in Desert Christians

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162233
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835645 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195162234.003.0007
 The Apophthegmata Patrum: Portraits

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The Apophthegmata Patrum has come down to us in two basic forms: the Alphabetical Collection and the Systematic Collection. The Alphabetical Collection gathers some 1,000 sayings and brief narratives under the names of 130 prominent monks and arranges these according to the Greek alphabet. This chapter focuses on the Alphabetical Collection, whose poignant anecdotes—like a set of snapshots in a photo album—offer striking portraits of leading desert fathers. This chapter explores the Apophthegmata’s portraiture of four figures from Scetis: Abba Macarius the Egyptian, Abba John the Little, Abba Moses the Ethiopian, and Abba Poemen.

Keywords: Apophthegmata Patrum; Alphabetical Collection; Scetis; Abba Macarius the Egyptian; Abba John the Little; Abba Moses the Ethiopian; Abba Poemen

Chapter.  15991 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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