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Demons and the Making of the Monk: Spiritual Combat in Early Christianity (David Brakke) Hardcover Book, (Harvard University Press, 2006) 9780674018754
Demons and the Making of the Monk: Spiritual Combat in Early Christianity (David Brakke) Hardcover Book, (Harvard University Press, 2006) 9780674018754
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Title: Demons and the Making of the Monk: Spiritual Combat in Early Christianity

Author: Brakke, David

Publisher: Harvard University Press; Publication Date: 2006

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780674018754

Volumes: 1; Pages: 298

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Demons--whether in embodied form or as inward temptation--make vivid appearances in early Christian monastic literature. In this finely written study of demonology and Christian spirituality in fourth- and fifth-century Egypt, David Brakke examines how the conception of the monk as a holy and virtuous being was shaped by the combative encounter with demons.Brakke studies the "making of the monk" from two perspectives. First, he describes the social and religious identities that monastic authors imagined for the demon-fighting monk: the new martyr who fights against the pagan gods, the gnostic who believes he knows both the tricks of the demons and the secrets of God, and the prophet who discerns the hidden presence of Satan even among good Christians. Then he employs recent theoretical ideas about gender and racial stereotyping to interpret accounts of demon encounters, especially those in which demons appear as the Other--as Ethiopians, as women, or as pagan gods.Drawing on biographies of exceptional monks, collections of monastic sayings and stories, letters from ascetic teachers to their disciples, sermons, and community rules, Brakke crafts a compelling picture of the embattled religious celibate. Demons and the Making of the Monk is an insightful and innovative exploration of the development of Christian monasticism. CONTENTSPart One: The Monk in Combat1. The Single One: The Monk against the Demons2. The New Martyr and Holy Man: Athanasius of Alexandria's Life of Antony3. The Gnostic: Evagrius Ponticus4. The Vigilant Brother: Pachomius and the Pachomian Koinonia5. The Prophet: Shenoute and the White MonasteryPart Two: War Stories6. "The Holy and Great Fathers": Monks, Demons, and Storytelling7. Ethiopian Demons: The Monastic Self and the Diabolical Other8. Manly Women, Female Demons, and Other Amazing Sights: Gender in Combat9. From Gods to Demons: Making Monks, Making ChristiansAfterword: The Inner BattleAbbreviationsNotesSelected BibliographyIndex
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