The Wisdom of Saint Isaac the Syrian


Sebastian Brock

ISBN: 978-0-7283-0145-0

LENGTH: 20 pages

Fairacres Publications 128

1997 7/2018

A selection of short sayings from St Isaac the Syrian, a seventh-century master of the ascetic life, each holding a spiritual truth.

In recent decades there has been a notable renewal of interest in St Isaac the Syrian, a seventh-century master of the ascetic life. This selection of short sayings is part of Dr Brock’s work on a fuller, long-neglected manuscript which he is making available to English readers. Each sentence holds the mind steadily in the light of a truth about the spiritual life. St Isaac’s vivid images drawn directly from nature, husbandry and general human experience speak for themselves and draw us to penitence and prayer.

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20 pages


Sebastian Brock



Book Size

140 x 210 mm


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Author Bio

Sebastian Brock was born in 1938 and is generally acknowledged as the foremost and most influential academic in the field of Syriac language today. He is a former Reader in Syriac Studies at the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford and currently a Professorial Fellow at Wolfson College. His books include: ‘The Luminous Eye: The Spiritual World Vision of Saint Ephrem the Syrian’ and ‘The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life’.

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