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Demons and the making of the monk : spiritual combat in early Christianity

Author: David Brakke
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Demons - whether in embodied form or as inward temptation - make vivid appearances in early Christian monastic literature. In this study of demonology and Christian spirituality in fourth- and fifth-century Egypt, David Brakke examines how the concept of the monk as a holy and virtuous being was shaped by the combative encounter with demons." "Brakke studies the "making of the monk" from two perspectives. First, he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Brakke
ISBN: 0674018753 9780674018754
OCLC Number: 59003123
Description: ix, 308 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The single one : the monk against the demons --
2. The new martyr and holy man : Athanasius of Alexandria's Life of Antony --
3. The gnostic : Evagrius Ponticus --
4. The vigilant brother : Pachomius and the Pachomian Koinonia --
5. The prophet : Shenoute and the White monastery --
6. "The holy and great fathers" : monks, demons, and storytelling --
7. Ethiopian demons : the monastic self and the diabolical other --
8. Manly women, female demons, and other amazing sights : gender in combat --
9. From gods to demons : making monks, making Christians --
Afterword : the inner battle.
Responsibility: David Brakke.


Drawing on biographies of exceptional monks, collections of monastic sayings and stories, letters from ascetic teachers to their disciples, sermons, and community rules, Brakke crafts a compelling  Read more...
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David Brakke's Demons and the Making of the a very sharply focused study of spiritual combat between monks and demons in fourth- and early fifth-century Egypt. Satan takes a back seat in Read more...

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