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Manual Labor in Early Egyptian Monasticism

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Manual Labor in Early Egyptian Monasticism

From the Late Third to Mid-Fifth Century

Authored by Elizabeth Agaiby

This book explores the notion of manual labor from the late third to mid-fifth century to show that the purpose of manual work was to bring the monk to perfection so that he may avoid the dangers of pride, excessive asceticism and self-righteousness. The book shows how monastic leaders encouraged a moderate balance between the disciplines and excess was discouraged as it was seen to encourage bias towards one discipline at the expense of the other. So important were the practical and contemplative disciplines in monastic life, that when new comers would join the community, the elder would provide training in weaving baskets and prayer which were considered the basics of monastic living. Hence, by combining practical disciplines with contemplative aspects, the monk progresses towards perfection and union with God.

Publication Date:
0984891870 / 9780984891870
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Christianity / Orthodox

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