By David Brakke
Demons--whether in embodied shape or as inward temptation--make brilliant appearances in early Christian monastic literature. during this finely written learn of demonology and Christian spirituality in fourth- and fifth-century Egypt, David Brakke examines how the perception of the monk as a holy and virtuous being was once formed by way of the combative come across with demons.
Brakke reviews the "making of the monk" from views. First, he describes the social and spiritual identities that monastic authors imagined for the demon-fighting monk: the hot martyr who fights opposed to the pagan gods, the gnostic who believes he is aware either the tips of the demons and the secrets and techniques of God, and the prophet who discerns the hidden presence of devil even between stable Christians. Then he employs contemporary theoretical principles approximately gender and racial stereotyping to interpret money owed of demon encounters, in particular these within which demons look because the Other--as Ethiopians, as girls, or as pagan gods.
Drawing on biographies of remarkable priests, collections of monastic sayings and tales, letters from ascetic academics to their disciples, sermons, and neighborhood ideas, Brakke crafts a compelling photo of the embattled non secular celibate. Demons and the Making of the Monk is an insightful and leading edge exploration of the improvement of Christian monasticism.