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Apophthegmata Patrum
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The Apophthegmata Patrum, often referred to as Adhortationes Patrum or Verba Seniorum in Latin and Gerontikon in Greek, and generally designated The Sayings of the Desert Fathers in English, are among the most copied and used collections of early Christian literature. The Apophthegmata Patrum are not one specific collection of texts but refer to a large number of collections of sayings an…

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Rubenson, Samuel, “Apophthegmata Patrum”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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