OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Oxford Handbook of Christian Monasticism

ISBN : 9780199689736

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Author: 
Bernice M. Kaczynski; Thomas Sullivan
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736 Pages
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Hardcover
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171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Sep 2020
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Oxford Handbooks
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  • Addresses, for the first time in one volume, the multiple strands of Christian monastic practice.
  • Provides a global perspective that gives a multifaceted view of Christian monasticism.
  • Has contributions from both academic and monastic authors.
  • Introduces readers to the ground-breaking research of a wide range of international scholars.
  • Sets out an agenda for the future direction of monastic studies.

  
The Handbook takes as its subject the complex phenomenon of Christian monasticism. It addresses, for the first time in one volume, the multiple strands of Christian monastic practice. Forty-four essays consider historical and thematic aspects of the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Protestant, and Anglican traditions, as well as contemporary 'new monasticism'. The essays in the book span a period of nearly two thousand years—from late ancient times, through the medieval and early modern eras, on to the present day. Taken together, they offer, not a narrative survey, but rather a map of the vast terrain. The intention of the Handbook is to provide a balance of some essential historical coverage with a representative sample of current thinking on monasticism. It presents the work of both academic and monastic authors, and the essays are best understood as a series of loosely-linked episodes, forming a long chain of enquiry, and allowing for various points of view. The authors are a diverse and international group, who bring a wide range of critical perspectives to bear on pertinent themes and issues. They indicate developing trends in their areas of specialisation. The individual contributions, and the volume as a whole, set out an agenda for the future direction of monastic studies. In today's world, where there is increasing interest in all world monasticisms, where scholars are adopting more capacious, global approaches to their investigations, and where monks and nuns are casting a fresh eye on their ancient traditions, this publication is especially timely.

Index: 

Preface
List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
List of Contributors

1 Introduction. Towards a New Monastic History, Bernice M. Kaczynski

Part I. Asceticism and Monasticism in Early Christianity
2 Asceticism before Monasticism: What the First Monks Owed to the Early Christian Churches, Richard Finn, OP
3 Holy Men and Women of the Desert, David Brakke
4 The Architecture of the Ascetic Body, Lynda L. Coon
5 The Literature of Early Eastern Monasticism, Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony
6 The Literature of Early Western Monasticism, Columba Stewart, OSB
7 Archaeological Evidence for the Study of Early Monasticism, Stephen J. Davis

Part II. Eastern Medieval Monasticism and the Orthodox Churches
8 Spirituality and Prayer in the Eastern Traditions, Andrew Louth
9 Monasticism in the Byzantine Empire, Peter Hatlie
10 Monasteries, Society, Economy, and the State in the Byzantine Empire, Kostis Smyrlis
11 Monasticism in the Oriental Orthodox Churches, Samuel Rubenson
12 The Archaeology of Monastic Households, Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom

Part III A. Western Medieval Monasticism: Forms of Monastic and Religious Life
13 Monasticism in Early Ireland, Westley Follett
14 The Benedictines, Scott G. Bruce
15 The Cistercians, Anne E. Lester
16 The Military Orders: Templars and Hospitallers, Jochen Burgtorf
17 The Early Mendicants, Frances Andrews
18 Religious Women: Secular Canonesses and Beguines, Sigrid Hirbodian
19 Observant Reform in the Late Middle Ages, Kathryne Beebe

Part III B. Western Medieval Monasticism: Approaches to Monastic Life and Culture
20 Prayer, Rachel Fulton Brown
21 Musical and Liturgical Practice, James Grier
22 Monastic Art, Sacred Space, and the Mediation of Religious Experience, Thomas E. A. Dale
23 Monastic Narrative Practices, Katherine Allen Smith
24 Friendship, Family, and Community, Julian P. Haseldine
25 Sickness and Healing, Peregrine Horden
26 Landscape, Land Use, and the Environment, Richard Oram

Part IV. Europe and the Wider World: From the Early Modern Era to the Twenty-First Century
27 The Dissolution of the Monasteries: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, James G. Clark
28 Monasticism in Early Modern France, Daniel-Odon Hurel
29 Monasticism in Early Modern Germany, Edeltraud Klueting T.OCarm
30 Monasticism in Early Modern Italy and Spain, Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt
31 Russian Orthodox Monasticism from 988 to 1917, Scott M. Kenworthy
32 Monasticism in the Early Modern Atlantic World, Dominique Deslandres
33 Monasticism in the United States, Margaret M. McGuinness
34 Monasticism in Latin America, Bonar L. Hernández
35 Monasticism in Africa South of the Sahara, Catherine Higgs
36 Monasticism in Asia, Matteo Nicolini-Zani

Part V. Contemporary Perspectives
37 The Eastern Traditions Today: Greek Orthodox Monasticism, Chrysostom Koutloumousianos
38 The Eastern Traditions Today: Russian and Romanian Orthodox Monasticism, Scott M. Kenworthy
39 The Protestant Tradition, Inge Mager
40 The Anglican Tradition, Adam D. McCoy, OHC
41 The 'New Monasticism', Douglas E. Christie and Bernadette Flanagan
42 Lectio Divina: Opening to God's Word, Gregory J. Polan, OSB
43 Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, Fabrice Blée
44 Contemporary Monasticism: Challenges and Opportunities, Michael Casey, OCSO

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About the author: 

Edited by Bernice M. Kaczynski, Professor Emerita of History, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto
  
Advisory Editor Thomas Sullivan, OSB, Librarian and Professor of History and Humanities, Conception Abbey and Conception Seminary College
  
  
Bernice M. Kaczynski is Professor Emerita of History at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. Her primary research interests lie in the area of early medieval monastic culture. She writes on manuscripts and the transmission of texts, on medieval Latin and Greek, on notions of patristic authority, and, most recently, on the extended historical experience of Christian monasticism.
  
Thomas Sullivan, OSB, is a monk of Conception Abbey in Conception, Missouri, USA, and Professor of History and Humanities at Conception Seminary College. His primary research interest is the intersection of monastic life and the medieval university; other research interests include the Parisian Faculty of Theology, 1200-1500, and the history of medieval ecclesiastical libraries.
   
Contributors:

Frances Andrews is Professor of Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

Kathryne Beebe is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony is Martin Buber Chair in Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Fabrice Blée is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario, and an adviser of the North American Commission of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue.

David Brakke is Joe R. Engle Chair in the History of Christianity and Professor of History at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom is Professor of History and Archaeology at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio.

Scott G. Bruce is Professor of History at Fordham University, Bronx, New York.

Jochen Burgtorf is Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton.

Michael Casey, OCSO, is a monk of Tarrawarra Abbey, Yarra Glen, Victoria, Australia.

Douglas E. Christie is Professor and Chair of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California.

Chrysostom Koutloumousianos is a hieromonk of the Holy Monastery of Koutloumous, Mount Athos.

James G. Clark is Professor of History at the University of Exeter.

Lynda L. Coon is Professor of History and Dean of the Honors College at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Thomas E. A. Dale is Professor of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Stephen J. Davis is Professor of Religious Studies and of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University.

Dominique Deslandres is Professor of History at the Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec.

Richard Finn, OP, is Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford.

Bernadette Flanagan is Professor of Spirituality at the Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland.

Westley Follett is Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi, Long Beach, Mississippi.

Rachel Fulton Brown is Associate Professor of History at the University of Chicago.

James Grier is Professor of Music History in the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University, London, Ontario.

Julian P. Haseldine is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Hull.

Peter Hatlie is Professor of Classics and Dean, Director, and Vice-President of the Rome Campus, University of Dallas.

Bonar L. Hernández is Associate Professor of Latin American History at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Catherine Higgs is Professor of History at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus.

Sigrid Hirbodian is Professor and Director of the Institut für Geschichtliche Landeskunde und Historische Hilfswissenschaften at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.

Peregrine Horden is Professor of Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Daniel-Odon Hurel is Directeur de Recherche au Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris, Laboratoire d'études sur les monothéismes.

Bernice M. Kaczynski is Professor Emerita of History at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.

Scott M. Kenworthy is Associate Professor of Comparative Religion at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Edeltraud Klueting, T.OCarm, is a member of the Carmelite Third Order and Head of the Forschungsinstitut der Deutschen Provinz der Karmeliten, Bamberg.

Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt is Professor of History at the Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Anne E. Lester is John W. Baldwin and Jenny Jochens Associate Professor of Medieval History at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Andrew Louth is Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, University of Durham.

Inge Mager is Professor Emerita of Church History at the Universität Hamburg.

Adam D. McCoy, OHC, is a monk of the Episcopal Benedictine Order of the Holy Cross and Prior of Mount Calvary Monastery in Santa Barbara, California.

Margaret M. McGuinness is Professor of Religion at La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Matteo Nicolini-Zani is a monk of the Community of Bose, Magnano, Italy, and coordinator of the Italian Commission of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue.

Richard Oram is Professor of Medieval and Environmental History and Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland.

Gregory J. Polan, OSB, is Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation.

Samuel Rubenson is Professor of Church History in the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lunds Universitet, Lund, Sweden and Senior Professor of Eastern Christian Studies at Stockholm School of Theology/Sankt Ignatios College.

Katherine Allen Smith is Professor of History at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington.

Kostis Smyrlis is Associate Professor of History and Hellenic Studies at New York University, New York, New York.

Columba Stewart, OSB, is Executive Director of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library and Professor of Theology at Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota.

Thomas Sullivan, OSB, is a monk of Conception Abbey, Conception, Missouri, and Professor of History and Humanities at Conception Seminary College.

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