The Encroaching Desert: Literary Production and Ascetic Space in Early Christian Egypt

@article{Goehring1993TheED,
  title={The Encroaching Desert: Literary Production and Ascetic Space in Early Christian Egypt},
  author={J. E. Goehring},
  journal={Journal of Early Christian Studies},
  year={1993},
  volume={1},
  pages={281 - 296}
}
  • J. E. Goehring
  • Published 1993
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Early Christian Studies
The desert hermit dominates the literary landscape of early Egyptian monasticism. A careful review of the sources, however, suggests that this dominance is to a large degree literary. While ascetics continued to ply their trade throughout Egypt, it was the withdrawal of some to the desert that supplied the metaphor required for the literary telling of the story. The success of the story, rather than the dominance of the practice, established the desert hermit as the literary icon of early… Expand