This Desert


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

This Desert

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This chapter describes the Palestinian desert that served as home to thousands of monks. The Palestinian desert was unique compared to other desert areas inhabited by monks, those of Egypt and Syria. Its distinctiveness is attributed to the geographical facts of it being close to Jerusalem and having varied terrain and weather conditions. This chapter describes the rainfall, soil variation, water supply, and sources of livelihood in the Palestinian desert.

Keywords: Palestinian desert; monasteries; Palestinian monks; rainfall; soil variation; water supply

Chapter.  7802 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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