Shenoute's Place in the History of Monasticism

Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

in Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9789774161223
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970450 | DOI:
Shenoute's Place in the History of Monasticism

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This chapter presents a brief overview of Shenoute's biography in the form of a series of imaginary book chapters, in order to be able to underscore a certain point: Quite apart from the inherent interest of Shenoute's life story as such, it is a remarkable thing just that we are in a position to reconstruct his story to the degree that we now can. Even only a decade ago, most people who knew anything about Shenoute still believed that Johannes Leipoldt, writing in 1903, had said more or less the last word about the sparse facts of Shenoute's biography. We now know much more than Leipoldt did.

Keywords: Shenoute; monastic life; biography; Johannes Leipoldt

Chapter.  7118 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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