Dragon's Wine and Angel's Bread: The Teaching of Evagrius Ponticus on Anger and Meekness

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Evagrius Ponticus (343 399 AD) spent sixteen years in the desert of Egypt, where he gained the gift of insight into the human soul. His writings influenced the theology of John Cassian, Diadochus of Photike, Maximus the Confessor, and Palladius. Evagrius image of the human being, profoundly biblical, allowed for a perceptive understanding of anger, its causes, consequences and cures. His major study on the topic not ordinarily covered
in works of theology appears here in the English language for the first time and offers timeless wisdom on struggling with this passion.

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The author Father Gabriel Bunge, OSB, possesses a thorough knowledge of patristic literature and is known worldwide for his writings on contemplative prayer. The translator Anthony P. Gythiel is the Professor of Medieval Renaissance, Reformation, and Patristics studies at Wichita State University. He has translated numerous books that deal with the theology of the early Christian East, including The Mystery of the Trinity and The Compassion of the Father, by Boris Bobrinskoy, also published by SVS Press.

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