, SAINT, ( of al-Qalali)

A fourth-to-fifth-century monk of (feast day: 19 ). He had been a disciple of Cronius, then of . After having fled to escape the , he had nonetheless allowed himself to be ordained. In his Dialogue on the Life of St. John , praises him as “a man exceptionally versed in the Scriptures and very hospitable” (PG 47, pp. 59-60). Himself very strict in his , he bitterly deplored the laxity that was being introduced among the monks. Isaac, the priest of the Kellia, is mentioned in both recensions of the . He is not to be confused with Saint Isaac of , another monk. Both are often named in the .


  • , J. B., ed. Apophthegmata Patrum. PG65, pp. 224-28, 348, 357, 368.
  • , H. G. The Monasteries of the Wadi ‘n Natrun, pt. 2, pp. 134, 141, 144-146. New York, 1932.

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