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J. William Harmless

J. William Harmless, S.J., Ph.D. (Boston College)
Historical Theology; Patristic Studies

Humanities 136

Recent Publications:


Augustine in His Own Words. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2010.  Pp. xlii + 496.  ISBN 978-0-8132-1743-7.

Mystics.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.  Pp. xiv + 350.  ISBN 978-0-19-530038-3 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0-19-530039-0 (paperback).

Desert Christians: An Introduction to the Literature of Early Monasticism.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.  Pp. xxiv + 488 (includes 30 illustrations & 8 maps).  ISBN 0-19-516222-6 (hardcover); ISBN 0-19-516223-4 (paperback).

Augustine and the Catechumenate. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1995.  pp. xii + 406.  ISBN 0-8146-6132-7.


"Monastic Theology." In The Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology.  Eds. Lewis Ayres and Medi Volpe.  New York / Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2012.

"'... Receive today how you are to call upon God' (s. 58.1): The Lord's Prayer and Augustine's Mystagogy."  In Mystagogy.  Ed. Paul van Geest.  Leuven: Peeters, forthcoming in 2012.

"Mystic as Experienced Exegete: Bernard of Clairvaux."  In Tolle Lege: Essays on Augustine and Medieval Philosophy in Honor of Roland J. Teske, S.J., pp. 277-301.  Ed. Richard Taylor.  Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2011.  

"Antony," "Apophthegmata Patrum," "Cassian, John," "Evagrius of Pontus," and "Pachomius."  In The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity.  Ed. Daniel Patte. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.  ISBN 978-0-521-52785-9.

"Monasticism," The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies, pp. 493-517.  Ed. David G. Hunter & Susan Ashbrook Harvey.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.  Pp. xxvii + 1020.  ISBN 978-0-19-927156-6.

"Christ the Pediatrician: Augustine on the Diagnosis and Treatment of the Injured Vocation of the Child,"  The Vocation of the Child, pp. 127-153. Ed. Patrick McKinley Brennan. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008. Pp. xvi + 444. ISBN 978-0-8028-6240-2.

"Women of the Early Church: A Portrait Gallery,"  Women and the Shaping of Catholicism, pp. 38-58.  Ed. Richard Miller.  Ligouri: Ligouri, 2009.  Pp. vii + 136.  ISBN 978-0-7648-1770-0.

"Antony," "Cassian," "John," "Catechumenate," "Evagrius of Pontus," "Monasticism," "Early Egyptian and Palestinian," "Palladius," and "Serapion of Thmuis,"  New Westminster Dictionary of Church History, Vol. 1: The Early, Medieval, and Reformation Era, pp. 33, 127-28, 130-31, 237-38, 440-41, 486-87, 603.  Ed. Robert Benedetto.  Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2008.  Pp. 768.  ISBN 978-0-664-22416-5.

"The Voice and the Word: Augustine's Catechumenate in Light of the Dolbeau Sermons," Augustinian Studies 35.1 (2004): 17-42.

"The Sapphire Light of the Mind: The Skemmata of Evagrius Ponticus," Theological Studies 62.3 (2001): 498-529.

"'Salt for the Impure, Light for the Pure': Reflections on the Pedagogy of Evagrius Ponticus," Studia Patristica 37 (Leuwen: Peeters, 2001): 514-526.

"Remembering Poemen Remembering: The Desert Fathers and the Spirituality of Memory," Church History 69.3 (2000): 483-518.

Last Updated: August 28, 2014