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Figures in the Carpet: Macarius the Great, Isaiah of Scetis, Daniel of Scetis, and Monastic Spirituality in the Wadi al-Natrun (Scetis) from the Fourth to the Sixth Century

Maged S.A. Mikhail and Mark Moussa

in Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-Natrun

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162602
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970474 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162602.003.0006
Figures in the Carpet: Macarius the Great, Isaiah of Scetis, Daniel of Scetis, and Monastic Spirituality in the Wadi al-Natrun (Scetis) from the Fourth to the Sixth Century

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This chapter explores the role that Macarius the Great, Isaiah of Scetis, and Daniel of Scetis played in laying the foundation of this great center of monastic life, as observed in their writings. In particular, it concentrates on three representatives of early desert monasticism in Scetis from the fourth through to the sixth century, one from each century: Macarius the Great (4th c.), Isaiah of Scetis (5th c.), and Daniel of Scetis (6th c.). It is hoped that these three figures can give a clearer picture of the intricate and beautiful carpet of early monasticism and can help us better to understand why the early monks were out here and what they were hoping to accomplish.

Keywords: Macarius the Great; Isaiah of Scetis; Daniel of Scetis; Wadi al-Natrun; monasticism; monks; carpets

Chapter.  15848 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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