Wisdom, Paraenesis and the Roots of Monasticism

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Abstract

A large part of New Testament and Early Christian Literature deals with practical advice on how a Christian ought to live. The form as well as the content of this teaching is closely related to Classical literary traditions and the ethos of Greek philosophies. In the article, which ends a large volume from a Nordic project on Paraenesis, some of the most important early monastic texts are studied from the perspective of the project. A special focus is directed towards the educational epistles of St. Antony and Ammonas, two of the central figures in the Egyptian origins of monasticism. The epistles are set in relation to Egyptian traditional wisdom as well as to Stoic ethics.

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  • Religious Studies

Keywords

  • Exhortation, Stoicism, Wisdom, Ammonas, Antony, Monasticism, Paraenesis
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEarly Christian Paraenesis in Context (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älteren Kirche ; Bd. 125)
EditorsJames Starr, Troels Engberg Pedersen
PublisherDe Gruyter
ISBN (Print)3110181304
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedNo

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)