Asceticism and Christological Controversy in Fifth-Century Palestine: The Career of Peter the Iberian

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OUP Oxford, Mar 9, 2006 - Religion - 509 pages
The Life of Peter the Iberian by John Rufus records the ascetic struggle of a fifth-century anti-Chalcedonian bishop of Mayyuma, Palestine. Cornelia Horn presents a historical-critical study of the only substantial anti-Chalcedonian witness to the history of the conflict in Palestine and analyses the formative period of fifth-century anti-Chalcedonian hierarchy, theology, and its ascetic expression. Important themes are pilgrimage as an ascetic ideal and asceticism assource of theological authority. Archaeological data on many places in the Levant and textual sources in Syriac, Coptic, Greek, Armenian, and Georgian are examined. This book contributes to our understanding of the origins of anti-Chalcedonian theology and the influence of asceticism on its development, theChristian topography of the Levant, and the history of the anti-Chalcedonian movement in Palestine.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Relevant Works of John Rufus and Zachariah Rhetor
10
2 The Life and Career of Peter the Iberian
50
The Case of Peter the Iberian
112
The Spiritual and Polemical Dimensions of Pilgrimage and the Holy Places from an AntiChalcedonian Perspective
226
The AntiChalcedonian Ascetic as Bearer of the Cross
332
Conclusions
396
Appendix
400
Bibliography
406
General Index
474
Index of Holy Scriptures
508
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Cornelia Horn is Assistant Professor of Greek and Oriental Patristics, St Louis University.

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