Wednesday, December 12, 2012
New Book Wednesdays: The Paradise of the Holy Fathers
Dear Students and Friends,
This week's book is a Kindle e-book called The Paradise of the Holy Fathers, Volume 1 translated by Wallis Budge.
It contains The Life of St. Anthony by St. Athanasius the Great, The Paradise by Palladius, The Rule of St. Pachomius, and The History of the Monks by St. Jerome. The Paradise of the Fathers is the classic compilation of the lives and teachings of the early monastic saints. It has been said that for a monastic to achieve perfection there are only two books needed: the Bible and the Paradise of the Fathers.
Dr. Ernest A. Wallis Budge, Curator of Assyrian and Egyptian Antiquities in the British Museum has for decades been recognized as one of the great translators of ancient manuscripts into the English language. These volumes are translated from a Syriac manuscript he discovered in 1888. He first published his translation in 1904 in a private printing. Later in 1907 he printed a revised and updated version in a public edition which has yet to be rivaled to date. This is a new English special edition.
This book sounds inspiring--as Christians we can learn so much from those who have gone down the Path of Holiness in front of us.
You can earn 2 credits for reading this book. Simply read, complete the General Worksheet for Books (available from the Lessons tab, above) and email it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.
You can get the book for your Kindle here on Amazon. Don't have a Kindle? Get one here.
The Paradise of the Holy Fathers, Wallis Budge (translator), ASIN B00AMKMPTC, St Shenouda Monastery, 2012.