The Reflections of Abba Zosimas

Monk of the Palestinian Desert


John Chryssavgis

ISBN: 978-0-7283-0163-4

LENGTH: 34 pages

Fairacres Publications 145

2004 R/2019

A presentation of the teaching and example of Abba Zosimas, a sixth-century Palestinian hermit, based in obedience to the gospel and love of neighbour.

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Translated into English for the first time by John Chryssavgis, these Reflections present, with great simplicity, the day-to-day teaching and example of one of the great sixth-century eremitical Fathers of the Palestinian desert. For Abba Zosimas, obedience to the gospel implies a radical disposition of love for the neighbour in every thought, word and action. This is the key to freedom and joy.

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34 pages


John Chryssavgis



Book Size

140 x 210 mm


Monk of the Palestinian Desert


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Author Bio

John Chryssavgis, born in Australia in 1958, is an Orthodox deacon and theological advisor on environmental issues to the Ecumenical Patriarch. He graduated in theology from the University of Athens in 1980 and was awarded his doctorate by the University of Oxford in 1983. He has held academic appointments in Australia, the Lebanon and in the USA, where he now lives. He has published a number of books and specialises in the ascetic thought and practice of the early Church, from the desert tradition of Egypt in the fourth century to Palestine and Sinai in later centuries.

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