Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ


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

Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ

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This chapter examines the history of ascetics and ambassadors of Christ in Palestine during the Byzantine period. The self-imposed exile of Bishop Narcissus of Jerusalem in the desert is often considered as pre-monasticism, which refers to the ideals of celibacy, asceticism and solitude. However, there is no evidence that a community grew up around him. The first ascetic communities in Palestine emerged a century after Narcissus' flight. Hilarion was credited with being the founder of the first monastic community in Palestine.

Keywords: ascetics; ambassadors of Christ; Palestine; Byzantine period; Bishop of Narcissus; Hilarion; asceticism; monastic community

Chapter.  12546 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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