The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian, Revised Second Edition

Kevin Edgecomb at Biblicalia writes:

I have mentioned before the works of Saint Isaac the Syrian, with a special focus on those appearing in English, and in particular the first edition of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery publication of Dana Miller’s translation, The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian. The first edition was long out of print, with copies going for sometimes over a thousand US dollars on the used book circuit. Good news! Holy Transfiguraton Monastery has published a new edition of The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian. I’d like to describe here the differences between the two editions.

He goes on to include the publisher’s extensive description of exactly what’s changed, along with his own observations.

Bottom line: The 1984 first edition, long out of print, was aimed at scholars, but was still invaluable to monastic and devotional readers. The new edition, at only $70,  is aimed at the devotional reader; it’s an improved translation; and the choice of notes and additional material have benefited from the twenty-five years of use and review since the first edition was originally published.

Read Kevin’s full review here.

Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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