The Desert Fathers and Mothers
ECOLE glossary entry:
- Farag Rofail Farag:
Sociological and Moral Studies in the Field
of Coptic Monasticism,
Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1964. Broader than the title
- Violet MacDermot:
The Cult of the Seer in the Ancient Middle East --
A Contribution to Current Research on Hallucinations Drawn
from Coptic and Other Texts,
A very peculiar book with a completely misleading title:
it is concerned almost exclusively with the spiritual
practice of the Desert Fathers, and nearly half the book
is primary sources in translation. Written at the height
of XX Century scientific interest in "altered states of
awareness", it cautions against assuming that one can milk the
patristic literature for tips on how such states may be
attained. The emphasis on ascetic experience as part of
the "history of medicine" gives the book a rather odd
flavour, but it is interesting nonetheless. Read with caution.
Heribert Rosweyde, SJ, (editor):
This huge collection, compiled in 1628, contains
Translation from Latin to English
by Rev. Benedict Baker. [UNDER CONSTRUCTION]
--- Vitae Patrum
- Many primary sources which were written in Latin (e.g. by Jerome).
- Ancient Latin translations of Greek sources (e.g. the Sayings
of the Fathers translated by Paschasius).
- Some Renaissance translations into Latin of various Greek
sources (e.g. John Moschus translated by Ambrose of Camaldoli).
Apophthegmata Patrum Ægyptiorum.
Fragments of the
Coptic text with English translation in Alla I. Elanskaya:
The Literary Coptic Manuscripts in the
A. S. Pushkin State Fine Arts Museum in Moscow,
[Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1994], p. 11.
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