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Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ

John Binns

Published in print August 1996 | ISBN: 9780198269342
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683626 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269342.001.0001

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ

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The monasteries of the Jerusalem desert were famous throughout the Byzantine Christian world. Yet whilst much has been written about their counterparts in Egypt and Syria, this book is the first to provide a comprehensive study of the monastic movement in Palestine during the Byzantine period, from the accession of Constantine to the fall of Jerusalem to the Persians in 614. The book is divided into three parts. The first examines the lives of the holy men of the desert using contemporary source material, and looks at the culture which produced them. The second describes the environment, including chapters on Jerusalem and the expansion of monasticism into other urban centres. The third section presents some of the main themes of the saints' lives, with chapters on historical development, doctrinal debate, and spirituality.

Keywords: monasteries; Jerusalem; desert; Byzantine period; Christian world; monastic movement; Palestine; Constantine; Persians; holy men

Book.  288 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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Introduction: Ascetics and Ambassadors in Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ

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Cyril of Scythopolis in Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ

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Jerusalem: Resurrection of a City in Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ

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This Desert in Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ

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Witnesses to Truth in Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ

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