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Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great
Community, Theology, and Social Conflict in Late Antique Egypt


  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107606678

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  • Shenoute the Great (c.347–465) led one of the largest Christian monastic communities in late antique Egypt and was the greatest native writer of Coptic in history. For approximately eight decades, Shenoute led a federation of three monasteries and emerged as a Christian leader. His public sermons attracted crowds of clergy, monks, and lay people; he advised military and government officials; he worked to ensure that his followers would be faithful to orthodox Christian teaching; and he vigorously and violently opposed paganism and the oppressive treatment of the poor by the rich. This volume presents in translation a selection of his sermons and other orations. These works grant us access to the theology, rhetoric, moral teachings, spirituality, and social agenda of a powerful Christian leader during a period of great religious and social change in the later Roman Empire.

    • Provides translations of previously unpublished works of Shenoute, the greatest author in the Coptic language
    • An expert introduction to the life and thought of Shenoute
    • Offers access to a wealth of hitherto unpublished sources for Christianity and society in late antiquity
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    'The book includes footnotes, a valuable bibliography, and a useful index of names, subjects, maps, and figures. Brakke and Crislip's book is a modern and accurate translation of Shenoute's Discourses, so that it is an important contribution in the spirituality of Shenoute and his form of monasticism. Meticulously researched, this competent book provides a starting point for new investigations of the role of Shenoute in the history of Egyptian asceticism. Undoubtedly, Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great will become a significant landmark for researchers in the field.' Daniel Lemeni, Tealogia

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    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107606678
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Shenoute's life, times, and Discourses
    Part I. Heretics and Other Enemies of the Church:
    1. And it happened one day
    2. As I sat on a mountain
    3. I am amazed
    Part II. Shenoute as Pastor and Preacher:
    4. I see your eagerness
    5. Some kinds of people sift dirt and Whoever seeks God will find
    6. The idolatrous pagans, or And we will reveal something else
    7. And let us also reprove
    8. I answered
    9. And after a few days
    10. See how clearly revealed is the foolishness of pitiless people
    11. Truly when I think
    12. A priest will never cease
    13. When the Word says
    Part III. The Christian's Struggle with Satan:
    14. In the night
    15. Because of you too, O Prince of Evil
    16. A beloved asked me years ago
    17. As we began to preach
    Part IV. The Conflict with Gesios:
    18. Not because a fox barks
    19. Let our eyes (translated by Stephen Emmel)
    20. A26
    21. God says through those who are His
    22. God is blessed.

  • Editors and translators

    David Brakke, Ohio State University
    David Brakke is Joe R. Engle Chair in the History of Christianity and Professor of History at Ohio State University. He is the author of Athanasius and the Politics of Asceticism (1995), Demons and the Making of the Monk: Spiritual Combat in Early Christianity (2006) and The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity (2010). He is also editor and translator of Evagrius of Pontus: Talking Back: A Monastic Handbook for Combating Demons (2009).

    Andrew Crislip, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Andrew Crislip is William E. and Miriam S. Blake Chair in the History of Christianity and Associate Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of two books on healing and monasticism in late antiquity, Thorns in the Flesh: Illness and Sanctity in Late Ancient Egypt (2012) and From Monastery to Hospital: The Transformation of Health Care in Late Antiquity (2005), as well as numerous articles and essays on early Christian life and thought.

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