Christian Gaza In Late Antiquity

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Brouria Bitton Ashkelony, Arieh Kofsky
BRILL, Jan 1, 2004 - Religion - 247 pages
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This valuable collection of thirteen studies provides an overview of recent research on central issues concerning the history of late antique Gaza. Several essays address various aspects of the continuity of pagan culture in Christian Gaza, festivals, spectacles, and the classical legacy of the fifth and sixth centuries, thus highlighting the public life of the city as a unique synthesis of the new and old worlds. Several articles deal with central topics pertaining to the monastic life developed in the region of Gaza and its vicinity between the fourth and seventh centuries. More specifically, they explore the rich Correspondence of Barsanuphius and John, the spiritual leaders of this monastic community. Two papers furnish an archeological survey of the monasteries of Gaza, and a discussion on the geographical and administrative aspects of its territory. Certain articles focus on the anti-Chalcedonian resistance of this monastic center in the wake of the council of Chalcedon, while others tackle the change of its stance in the time of Emperor Justin (518-527). In sum, this book covers a relatively neglected chapter in the complex and fascinating Christian history of the Holy Land.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Performances for
23
Notes of Historical Geography
41
An Archaeological Review
61
The AntiChalcedonian Hagiography
89
ofJohn Rufus
95
Imitatio Mosis and Pilgrimage in the Life ofPeter the Iberian
107
Spiritual Direction as a School
131
La Formation au Monastère de Labbé Séridos à Gaza
151
Moines et laïcs dans la région de Gaza au VIe siècle
165
Barsanuphius andJohn of Gaza and the Origenist Controversy
173
What Happened to the Monophysite Monasticism of Gaza?
183
Sophists and Priests in Late Antique Gaza According
195
The Depiction
209
About the Authors
235
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Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony is Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Religion, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her work includes Encountering the Sacred: The Debate on Christian Pilgrimage in Late Antiquity (California University Press, 2004) Aryeh Kofsky is Senior Lecturer of Comparative Religion in the Department of Land of Israel Studies, University of Haifa. His work includes Eusebius of Caesarea Against Paganism (Brill, 2000), and The Nusayri-Alawi Religion: An Enquiry into Its Theology and Liturgy (Brill, 2002) with M. Bar-Asher.