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Monasticism in Egypt: Images and Words of the Desert Fathers Paperback – August 13, 2012
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From the Author
The photographs for this book were made over a three-year period when I lived in Egypt. Visiting more than a dozen monasteries in southern Egypt and Wadi al-Natrun, as well as the Red Sea monasteries, I made thousands of images of the monks, monasteries, and monastic life to convey a sense of the ancient desert spirituality that is still alive and thriving in Coptic Egypt. Paired with the photos are selections from the ancient Desert Fathers of Egypt of the third and fourth centuries to show the continuity of the spiritual life in the Coptic tradition. I hope you will find the images of today's Desert Fathers and the teachings of their ancient forefathers as enriching as I did in making them and learning about the firsthand from these living vessels of ancient Christian spirituality.
From the Back Cover
Christian monasticism began in Egypt over 1600 years ago. In the barren desert between the Nile Valley and the Red Sea, from where it spread far and wide through the various Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant traditions. But in the deserts of Egypt, sixteen centuries after the Desert Fathers, monasticism still thrives, and it is to these isolated monasteries in one of the world's most inhospitable environments that photographer Michael McClellan here turns his lens.
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