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Demons and the Making of the Monk: Spiritual Combat in Early Christianity

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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.

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Hardcover, 308 pages
Published January 30th 2006 by Harvard University Press
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This book examines the demon and the monk and argues neither can be understood apart from the other as they developed in 4/5th century in Christian Egypt. The Christian monk was formed in part thru imagining him in conflict with the demon—and in turn, the demon gained its identity through its relation to its monastic opponent. He examines works written by monks around this time period (although admittedly he is dealing with very few sources)---monastic authors constructed their social and religi ...more
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