Monks and Monasteries

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About the author:
Robert C. Jones grew up in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. In 1981, he moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area, where he received a B.S. in Computer Science at DeVry Institute of Technology. From 1984-2009, Robert worked for Hewlett-Packard as a computer consultant. He now works as an independent computer support and video services consultant.

Robert is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church. He has written and taught numerous adult Sunday School courses. He has also been active in choir ministries over the years, and has taught the Disciples Bible Study six times. He is the author of "A Brief History of Protestantism in the United States", "A Brief History of the Sacraments: Baptism and Communion", "Heaven and Hell: In the Bible, the Apocrypha and the Dead Sea Scrolls", "The Crusades and the Inquisition: A Brief History", "Monks and Monasteries: A Brief History", and "Meet the Apostles: Biblical and Legendary Accounts".

Robert is President of the Kennesaw Historical Society, for whom he has written several books, including "The Law Heard 'Round the World - An Examination of the Kennesaw Gun Law and Its Effects on the Community", "Retracing the Route of the General - Following in the Footsteps of the Andrews Raid", and "Images of America: Kennesaw".

Robert has also written several books on ghost towns in the Southwest, including in Death Valley, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Mojave National Preserve.

In 2005, Robert co-authored a business-oriented book entitled "Working Virtually: The Challenges of Virtual Teams".

Monks and Monasteries

A Brief History

Authored by Robert C. Jones

For 700 years, medieval monasteries in Europe were the spiritual, agricultural, educational, legal, and administrative centers of the areas in which they were located. Following a daily routine of prayer, solitude, and physical labor, the monasteries provided a refuge from the cruel world that was Medieval Europe. In addition, it was the monks (and nuns) of these monasteries who kept alive the spark of knowledge in the West through their patient preservation and hand copying of ancient texts (both Christian and Classical).

Illustrated with over 50 photos, "Monks and Monasteries: A Brief History" discusses the antecedents of the Western monastic movement (both Jewish and Christian), examines its founders and greatest influences (St. Antony, St. Benedict, St. Augustine), examines the great monastic orders in the high Middle Ages (Benedictines, Cluniacs, Cistercians, Franciscans, etc.), and finally, discusses the ebbing of the monastic movement.

An appendix examines the Essenes, a possible Jewish precursor to Christian monasticism.

Publication Date:
1451580002 / 9781451580006
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Christianity / History / General

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