- Paperback: 414 pages
- Publisher: Faber and Faber (August 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571125484
- ISBN-13: 978-0571125487
- Package Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,055,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Philokalia: The Complete Text, Vol. 2 Paperback – August, 1986
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“The Philokalia is a collection of texts written in Greek between the fourth and fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox tradition. Compiled in the 18th century and first published in Venice in 1782, it has had a profound influence on the spiritual life of the Eastern churches.” ―Theology Digest
“A treasure of insight, wisdom, and counsel. The translation is clear and readable.” ―Library Journal--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The English translation of The Philokalia published by Faber & Faber comes in four volumes (about 1,500 pages), so I think it’s important to identify key authors within the text, most noted for their mystical insights and clarity. For me the key Philokalia authors are Evagrius the Solitary, Hesychios The Priest, Didachos of Photiki (Volume 1)/ Maximos The Confessor (Volume 2)/ Peter of Damaskos, Makarios of Egypt (Volume 3)/ Nikitas Stithatos, Gregory of Sinai, and Gregory Palamas (Volume 4). (An aside here… I wish The Philokalia was available during the time of Thomas Merton. He would have devoured it, relished it, and publicized it in the West!)
There are many other root texts of Christian Mysticism, but in my estimation and the estimation of my organization, RCMR (Recover Christianity's Mystic Roots), these noted Philokalia writers are the place to start for a thorough and cohesive overview of texts of Christian Mysticism.
For the student of Christian Mysticism who has gotten an introductory taste, the Philokalia writers noted above will provide a wonderful foundation for an integrated study of Christian Mysticism.
-Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity's Mystic Roots)
This volume has a Table of Contents and is user friendly.
The cost is truly unbelievable for this classic text.
It has always been a companion to the Bible by these Christians.
This is the book that was referred to often in the book "The Way of the Pilgrim".
Most practicing Catholics and Greek Orthodox Christians are familiar with this book.
I would recommend it to all Christians and everyone else.
Even though it is a guide for Monks in their journey for stillness it is also useful for everyone who seeks holiness.
Other volumes were later added, but this one is my favorite. This replaces my old worn-out book.
Philokalia means:"love of the beautiful".
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