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Introduction

Daniel Caner

in Wandering, Begging Monks

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233249
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928503 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233249.003.0001
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This book explores economic and social concerns that affected the promotion of certain forms of Christian monasticism over others. It also focuses on ascetic poverty and competing claims to material support made by the ascetic layman and church leaders to different kinds of monks, and the role of Augustine in the pervasion of wandering monks throughout the Roman Empire at the turn of the fifth century. There are also passages in which Augustine reveals a preoccupation with the impact of wandering, begging monks on public opinion, and the problems they raised for the social acceptance of good and holy monastic profession he wished to promote in North Africa. How monks interpret scriptural pronouncements on poverty and their relation to monastic practice and apostolic tradition are also discussed.

Keywords: Augustine; apostolic tradition; monks; monasticism; wandering monks; Roman Empire

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Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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