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


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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings on the history of Palestinian monasticism during the period from 314 to 631. The history of the monasteries of the Judean desert began in 314. Monastic settlements were established in the desert areas east of Jerusalem and people from all parts of the Empire came to populate these new centres. These monasteries were not only places of worship, they were also an integral component of Byzantine society.

Keywords: monasticism; Palestine; Byzantine period; monasteries; Jerusalem; Byzantine society

Chapter.  916 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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