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  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, U.S.A. (17 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195162234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195162233
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 3 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Dr Harmless has produced a comprehensive introduction to the major figures in the Egyptian tradition...the book is thoroughly impressive and will undoubtedly prove very useful...splendid resource. (Augustine Casiday, SJT)

this volume offers a solid, balanced, well-researched, and clearly written introduction to and survey of early Egyptian monasticism. (Tim Vivian, Sobornost)

There is no doubt that this is an engaging, fascinating, and informative study...It belongs on the shelf of any student of early church history and monasticism. (A. D. Rich, Journal of Theological Studies)

Why waste words? - this is a thoroughly admirable book ... an accomplished and unassuming piece of scholarship. (David Satran, Scripta Classica Israelica)

About the Author

William Harmless, S.J. is Professor of Theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. From 1996 to 2003, he held the Thomas E. Caestecker Chair of the Liberal Arts at Spring Hill College. He has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1978 and is the author of Augustine and the Catechumenate (1995). His research on early monasticism has appeared in the journals Theological Studies, Church History, and Studia Patristica.

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Best textbook and introduction to this topic that I have come across. Excellent. Would recommend this to anyone.
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