<b>The Main Sources and Their Authors: The Relevant Works of John Rufus and Zachariah Rhetor</b>

Cornelia B. Horn

in Asceticism and Christological Controversy in Fifth-Century Palestine

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199277537
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604171 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

 The Main Sources and Their Authors: The Relevant Works of John Rufus and Zachariah Rhetor

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Two main texts are available on the life and career of Peter the Iberian in the anti-Chalcedonian milieu of 5th-century AD Palestine. The first text, the Vita Petri Iberi, is the hagiographical biography of Peter. The second text, the Plerophoriae, is a collection of apophthegmata-like anecdotes, which focus on the controversy over the acceptance of the decisions of the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451) in Palestine, Syria, and Egypt. John Rufus most likely wrote or was the final redactor of both works, but his work has received little scholarly attention until recently. This chapter discusses significant aspects of the work and person of John Rufus. It also introduces two other main sources of information concerning Peter: the works of Zachariah Rhetor and the Georgian ‘Life of Peter the Iberian’.

Keywords: John Rufus; Zachariah Rhetor; Peter the Iberian; anti-Chalcedonian movement; Palestine

Chapter.  20850 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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