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The Philokalia: Exploring the Classic Text of Orthodox Spirituality [Paperback]

Brock Bingaman , Bradley Nassif

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25 July 2012
that introduces readers to its background, motifs, authors, and relevance for contemporary life and thought.

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The Philokalia (literally "love of the beautiful") is, after the Bible, the most influential source of spiritual tradition within the Orthodox Church. First published in Greek in 1782 by St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain and St. Macarios of Corinth, the Philokalia includes works by thirty-six influential Orthodox authors such as Maximus the Confessor, Peter of Madascus, Symeon the New Theologian, and Gregory Palamas. Surprisingly, this important collection of theological and spiritual writings has received little scholarly attention. With the growing interest in Orthodox theology, the need for a substantive resource for Philokalic studies has become increasingly evident. The purpose of the present volume is to remedy that lack by providing an ecumenical collection of scholarly essays on the Philokalia that will introduce readers to its background, motifs, authors, and relevance for contemporary life and thought.

This is a first-rate book, which has been very well prepared and researched by its various contributors and is beautifully produced. ... This is altogether a fascinating and outstanding volume, richly endowed with copious references. As such it should provide a sure springboard for further research into the provenance and influence of the (Douglas Dales, Fairacres Chronicles)

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this is an erudite and essential introduction to the history, theology and spirituality contained winin the Philokalia ... and interesting and helpful introduction to a text that has shaped the Orthodox world immensely. From this volume we get a better understanding of a strand of spirituality that is firmly grounded in Scripture, tradition, and the Church, and it sparks interest in the original text and the world that it inhabits. (Deborah Casewell, The Expository Times)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it...an excellent resource. 27 July 2013
By Jan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a collection of essays about the Philokalia (which is not that hard to figure out if you take the time to look at the table of contents and back of the book). Leading scholars on the Eastern spiritual tradition have written helpful chapters on the history, theology, and spiritual practice of the Philokalia. It is a much needed introduction to this profound collection and will assist many as they delve into the transformative writings of the Philokalia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good book on the Philokalia, especially chapters 1, 7, 9, and 18. 25 May 2014
By Amos Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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The author of chapter 18, John Chryssavgis, is particularly eloquent and insightful.

I would also highly recommend the writings of chapter 1, Kallistos Ware.

-Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide)
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the text of the Philokalia 27 July 2013
By Jacob P. Bentley - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a collection of scholarly essays. I wanted the text itself... needless to say, I was disappointed when this arrived. Usually I'm pretty careful with this sort of thing, so shame on me, but still, between the title and subtitle, it *is* kind of confusing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Update 18 Sep 2012
By Sistren Berhane - Published on Amazon.com
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The print in this edition of The Philokalia is easier to read than that of many older editions. The commentaries are also a useful addition to this classic spiritual work.
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