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Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-NatrunEssays from the 2002 International Symposium of the Saint Mark Foundation and the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society$
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Maged S.A. Mikhail and Mark Moussa

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162602

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162602.001.0001

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Figures in the Carpet: Macarius the Great, Isaiah of Scetis, Daniel of Scetis, and Monastic Spirituality in the Wadi al-Natrun (Scetis) from the Fourth to the Sixth Century

Figures in the Carpet: Macarius the Great, Isaiah of Scetis, Daniel of Scetis, and Monastic Spirituality in the Wadi al-Natrun (Scetis) from the Fourth to the Sixth Century

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(p.69) Figures in the Carpet: Macarius the Great, Isaiah of Scetis, Daniel of Scetis, and Monastic Spirituality in the Wadi al-Natrun (Scetis) from the Fourth to the Sixth Century
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Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-Natrun
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Maged S.A. Mikhail

Mark Moussa

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162602.003.0006

This chapter explores the role that Macarius the Great, Isaiah of Scetis, and Daniel of Scetis played in laying the foundation of this great center of monastic life, as observed in their writings. In particular, it concentrates on three representatives of early desert monasticism in Scetis from the fourth through to the sixth century, one from each century: Macarius the Great (4th c.), Isaiah of Scetis (5th c.), and Daniel of Scetis (6th c.). It is hoped that these three figures can give a clearer picture of the intricate and beautiful carpet of early monasticism and can help us better to understand why the early monks were out here and what they were hoping to accomplish.

Keywords:   Macarius the Great, Isaiah of Scetis, Daniel of Scetis, Wadi al-Natrun, monasticism, monks, carpets

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