The philokalia a classic text of orthodox spirituality brock bingaman and bradley nassif eds oxford university press 2012 349 pp reviewed by pieter dykhorst. The philokalia a classic text of orthodox spirituality is not the philokalia but a book about it published a little over a year ago this book is a collection of essays discussing the history theology and spirituality anthropology and major themes of the philokaliaits authors include met. This book is a collection of scholarly chapters that introduces the history theology and spiritual practices of the philokalia a collection of monastic texts of the eastern orthodox church written between the fourth and fifteenth centuries next to the bible it is the most widely read book in the orthodox world today by monks and laypeople alike. The philokalia a classic text of orthodox spirituality edited by brock bingaman and bradley nassif the first volume to collect scholarly essays on the philokalia. After the bible the philokalia is the most influential collection of spiritual wisdom of the orthodox church first published in greek in 1782 it includes the works of 36 authors such as maximus the confessor and symeon the new theologian a whos who of leading authorities fills in its meaning context and significance 360 pages softcover
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