Jerusalem: Resurrection of a City


in Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ

Published in print August 1996 | ISBN: 9780198269342
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683626 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Jerusalem: Resurrection of a City

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This chapter examines the role of Jerusalem in the growth of monastic life and culture in Palestine during the Byzantine period. It suggests that the areas between the Judean hills and the Dead Sea would not have become the home of thousands of monks were it not for Jerusalem. Most of the monastic sites were built within easy travelling distance to Jerusalem and near the main highway that runs from Jerusalem to Jericho. The most recent list of the monasteries near Jerusalem catalogued about sixty-four.

Keywords: monastic life; monastic culture; Palestine; Byzantine period; Jerusalem; monasteries; Palestinian monks

Chapter.  7796 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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