By Samuel Rubenson
“This publication revolutionizes our figuring out of the existence and considered the nice anchorite father of the Egyptian desolate tract. it's a sign contribution to our wisdom of Egyptian Christianity within the 3rd and fourth centuries.”—Birger Pearson, Institute for Antiquity and ChristianitySamuel Rubenson, via a clean research of the letters of St. Antony, exposes the distortion of the image of early Christian priests as unlettered and primitive. Rubenson describes the barren region monasteries as facilities of theological mirrored image in Egypt, exhibiting how they mixed the speculative philosophy of the Greeks and the biblical tradition.Included during this quantity is a brand new translation of the letters themselves, that are proven to be actual and a massive resource for the research of the desolate tract fathers and the early monastic culture. The later picture of Antony is confirmed to be inspired via church politics of the latter a part of the fourth century. Samuel Rubenson is affiliate Professor at Lund college, Lund, Sweden.