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Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ: The Monasteries of Palestine 314-631 (John Binns) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1996) 9780198269342
Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ: The Monasteries of Palestine 314-631 (John Binns) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1996) 9780198269342
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Title: Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ: The Monasteries of Palestine 314-631

Author: Binns, John

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1996

Paperback; ISBN: 9780198269342

Volumes: 1; Pages: 288

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In this book, Binns examines the monastic movement in Palestine during the Byzantine period, from the accession of Constantine to the fall of Jerusalem to the Persians in 614. The monasteries of the desert--in Jerusalem, Egypt, and Syria--played an influential role in Byzantine society, and the "desert fathers" are well known even today as key figures in the history of Christian spirituality. Binns uses contemporary sources to discuss both how the monks actually lived, and their contributions to doctrinal and spiritual debates.ContentsList of Maps Abbreviations IntroductionPt. I Sources 1 Cyril of Scythopolis 2 The Other Sources 3 Monastic CulturePt. II Environment 4 Jerusalem: Resurrection of a City 5 This Desert 6 The City of Scythopolis Pt. III Themes 7 Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ 8 Witnesses to Truth 9 Fellow Workers with God Conclusion Excursus 1. John of Scythopolis Excursus 2. Leontius of Byzantium Bibliography Index"Binns's physical descriptions are exceedingly fresh ... a most thorough and comprehensive study."--The Glastonbury Bulletin
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