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Desert Fathers, The (Tagged Greek with English Translation and Notes)

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This product contains the Greek Desert Fathers (also known as the APOPHTHEGMATA PATRUM). The Greek text is based on the 1864 Migne edition in Patrologiae Graecae (vol 65). The Greek text was morphologically tagged by Dr. Rex Koivisto of Multnomah University.

This collection includes sayings and stories of over a hundred men (and a few women) who lived as ascetics in the desert of Egypt, from the fifth century AD and later. These ascetics were often sought out for spiritual counsel or advice, either in an ongoing way by disciples who attached themselves to a given ascetic, or by outside visitors who venerated the spirituality and wisdom of these ascetics and sought their wisdom and counsel. They were originally spoken and written in the Egyptian Coptic language, and only later recorded as Greek text.

The translation in English from the Greek text is extracted from a fuller collection (more sayings have come to light since publication of the Migne edition, that scholars consider genuine). That fuller collection was translated by John Wortley for St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press. For the full edition in English with introductions, footnotes, bibliography, and additional sayings not found in the Migne edition, please purchase the following: Give Me a Word: The Alphabetical Sayings of the Desert Fathers, translated by John Wortley. Give Me a Word is available as an English module for Accordance, but will not be linked to the Migne due to the expansions into copyrighted Greek texts unavailable to us.

“The Greek Desert Fathers should be valuable for anyone interested in Patristics, Ecclesiastical Greek, or anyone interested in the development of Christian desert piety.” —Rex Koivisto, Professor of Bible & Theology, Multnomah University.

This product contains the following modules:

  • The Desert Fathers, Tagged Greek Text (DESF-T)
  • The Desert Fathers, English Translation (DESF-E)
  • The Desert Fathers Notes (DESF Notes)
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July 1, 2020  |  1:17 AM   |    Good (4)
I’m so glad that Accordance is expanding their selection of original Patristic writings! I got this module on its first release. While I would have liked a little more context for the verse/section numbering system, overall this is a great product! I often find myself lost in just reading the very short anecdotes and episodes.

If there is a weakness to this English translation, it is that some terms are not translated fully from Greek, but simply transliterated (e.g. “hesychia” is a term used frequently). Still, I get the difficulties inherent in applying an English gloss to some terms in Greek. In that sense, while this package has been helpful for me to work on better Greek comprehension (I LOVE that I can read the Greek text as a parallel module), someone less familiar with Greek might be lost.
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Accordance response: Felipe, thank you for the review. The English translation in the Desert Fathers bundle is a portion of the text in Give Me a Word: The Alphabetical ...
I’m so glad that Accordance is expanding their selection of original Patristic writings! I got this module on its first release. While I would have liked a little more context for the verse/section numbering system, overall this is a great product! I often find myself lost in just reading the very short anecdotes and episodes.

If there is a weakness to this English translation, it is that some terms are not translated fully from Greek, but simply transliterated (e.g. “hesychia” is a term used frequently). Still, I get the difficulties inherent in applying an English gloss to some terms in Greek. In that sense, while this package has been helpful for me to work on better Greek comprehension (I LOVE that I can read the Greek text as a parallel module), someone less familiar with Greek might be lost.
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Accordance response: Felipe, thank you for the review. The English translation in the Desert Fathers bundle is a portion of the text in Give Me a Word: The Alphabetical Sayings of the Desert Fathers, translated by John Wortley. If you pick up the full edition of Give Me a Word (also available for Accordance), the transliterated Greek words and other technical terms are all hyperlinked to a glossary contained within that title.