St. Macarius the Spiritbearer: Coptic Texts Relating to Saint Macarius the GreatSVS Press
Popular Patristics Series Volume 28
These three texts- The Sayings of Saint Macarius, The Virtues of Saint Macarius, and The Life of Saint Macarius of Scetis-provide insight into one of the most venerated saints of the Coptic Church and into the life in the Egyptian monastic communities of the fourth century.
Macarius the Great (also referred to as Macarius of Egypt or Macarius the Egyptian) presided over a loosely knit scattering of ascetic monastic communities in the fourth century Egyptian desert. He enjoyed great respect during his lifetime and his fame was further spread after appearing in Palladius' Lausiac History. This volume presents three ancient texts , The Sayings of Saint Macarius, The Virtues of Saint Macarius and The Life of Saint Macarius of Scetis and provides valuable insight into the world of Coptic spirituality and early Egyptian asceticism. This work is a companion volume to Four Desert Fathers, also published by SVS Press, which features the lives of Macrius the Spiritbearer, Macarius of Alexandria, Pambo and Evagrius.
This work is a companion volume to Four Desert Fathers, which contains four monastic Lives- Pambo, Evagrius, Macarius of Egypt, and Macarius of Alexandria- preserved in Coptic (the Coptic Palladiana) and clearly related to the Greek Lausiac History of Palladius. The two volumes together, introducing the thought and practice of these desert dwellers through their Sayings, Virtues and Lives, offer the best access to their world.
The Reverend Dr. Tim Vivian is Lecturer in Religious Studies at California State University, Bakersfield, and the translator of numerous early patristics texts.