The Paradise, or Garden of the Holy Fathers (Book 1)


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The Desert Fathers were early Christian hermits, ascetics, and monks who mainly lived in the Scetes desert of Egypt. The most famous was St. Anthony the Great, who moved to the desert in 270 AD and became known as both the father and founder of desert monasticism. By the time Anthony died in AD 356, thousands of monks and nuns had been drawn to Anthony's example of living in the harsh conditions of the inner desert, praying the psalms, meditating on scripture, eating rarely, and working with their hands making baskets or mats. This work is a collection of stories from the lives of these early monks and nuns. - Summary by ancientchristian (5 hr 46 min)

Chapters

Introduction: The Epistle of Palladius and Counsels to Lausus 32:49 Read by ancientchristian
Chapters 1-3: Abba Isidore, Dorotheos of Thebes & the Virgin Potamiaena 16:06 Read by ancientchristian
Chapters 4-7: Didymus, Alexandra, Abba Macarius & the Monks of Nitria 18:21 Read by ancientchristian
Chapters 8-12: Abba Ammon, Hor, Pambo, Ammonius & Benjamin 20:07 Read by ancientchristian
Chapters 13-16: Apollonius the Merchant, Paesius and Isaiah, Macarius of his Cr… 17:12 Read by ancientchristian
Chapters 17-18: Macarius the Egyptian & Macarius the Alexandrian 36:10 Read by ancientchristian
Chapters 19-21: Paul the Simple, Pachomius & Stephen 21:20 Read by ancientchristian
Chapters 22-29: Valens, Hero, Ptolemy, Abraham, a Virgin in Jerusualem, a Virgi… 22:25 Read by ancientchristian
Chapters 30-33: Thais, Abba Elijah, Dorotheos & Pachomius 26:33 Read by ancientchristian
Chapters 34-39: An Apology, Preface and Admonition, the Virgin who hid Athanasi… 19:10 Read by ancientchristian
Chapters 40-41: Melania the Great & Melania the Younger 21:02 Read by ancientchristian
Chapters 42-49: Olympias, Candida, Gelasia, Juliana, Heronion, Magna, Misericor… 28:54 Read by ancientchristian
Chapters 50-52: Possidonius, Chronius, James the Lame & of Paphnutius Cephala 19:35 Read by ancientchristian
Chapters 53-64: Solomon, Dorotheos, Diocles, Kapiton, the Monk who fell, Ephrai… 19:47 Read by ancientchristian
Chapters 65-67: Sabas of Jericho, Serapion of the Girdle & Eulogius 26:38 Read by ancientchristian