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:

Show Summary Details


A monk named John, who lived in Theotokos monastery below Mount Sinai, composed the famous Ladder of Divine Ascent. His book gained the same normative stature as a repository of ascetic wisdom among monks of the East as Benedict's Rule did among monks of the West. The content of the two books is however notably different, with John placing more emphasis on manual labor than the works of Benedict; nonetheless, both took dim view of the ascetic wandering of monks. John observed that the impulse of monks to return to the world they had abandoned with the same intention of “saving others, having been saved themselves,” remained constant.

Keywords: John; monks; wandering monks; Theotokos; monastic tradition; ascetic wandering

Chapter.  2181 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.