Through the third to sixth centuries – as Christianity struggled with its new role as a legal (and soon official) religion, and the mix of opportunities and temptations that status offered - Christian men and women began to leave for the deserts of Palestine, Syria and Egypt, shaping the church through their examples of faith and devotion.
History now knows them as the Desert Fathers and Mothers, and their lives display an unswerving counter-cultural commitment to the love of Christ sorely needed in today’s world.
In this week’s giveaway, Bringing Jesus to the Desert, Bradley Nassif tells the story of how the deserts of the Holy Land forged a holy people and a lasting legacy of faith.
Surveying the lives of Anthony of Egypt, Pachomius, Melania and others, Nassif demonstrates how the wilderness experiences chronicled in Scripture guided the practice of Christian faith in biblical lands.
Bringing Jesus to the Desert will guide pastors, Bible students and lay learners as they trace God’s work in the past and draw on the power of God in the desert places of their own day and age.
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