The Emergence of Monasticism: From the Desert Fathers to the Early Middle Ages

The Emergence of Monasticism From the Desert Fathers to the Early Middle Ages The Emergence of Monasticism offers a new approach to the subject placing its development against the dynamic of both social and religious change First study in any language to cover the formative pe

  • Title: The Emergence of Monasticism: From the Desert Fathers to the Early Middle Ages
  • Author: Marilyn Dunn
  • ISBN: 9781405106412
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Emergence of Monasticism offers a new approach to the subject, placing its development against the dynamic of both social and religious change First study in any language to cover the formative period of medieval monasticism Gives particular attention to the contribution of women to ascetic and monastic life.

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    1. Marilyn Dunn's book, The Emergence of Monasticism, has caught my eye in my favourite theological library for some time. My interest in monasticism isn't an interest in becoming one, but I do find the monastic witness one that is worthwhile to consider, especially because monastics are the experts (in so far as one can be) on prayer/meditation and its challenges. And, of course, I'm an inveterate history geek, so any book which gives me background on anything I'm interested is going to attract my [...]

    2. A good and fairly comprehensive overview of early monasticism and its development. The first third of the book is dedicated to eastern, ascetic monasticism - Antony, Pachomius, Basil, the concept of stripping away the individual will in order to attain closeness with God. The second third deals with this monasticism's gradual transmission to the West, especially through the writings of Cassian, Martin of Tours, the monastery of Lerins, and the variety of quasi-rules in play. Finally, the last th [...]

    3. This book was very repetitive and very hard to get through. The writing style and vocabulary was very advanced and I think that Dunn used this as her dissertation because it was unnecessarily long. The author was very knowledgeable on the subject matter and had a great amount of citations and sources. The sources and citations really strengthened her creditability. My favorite chapter was "Woman in Monasticism". I really got bogged down in the middle on the areas about all the rules placed on th [...]

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