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St John Damascene: Tradition and Originality in Byzantine Theology

Andrew Louth

Abstract

A study of the theological achievement of St John Damascene, set in its historical context. John Damascene was born between 650–75 in Damascus and died in or near Jerusalem about 750. His early life was spent as civil servant under the Umayyad caliphate, the rest as a monk in one of the monasteries of the Palestinian Desert. Palestinian monasticism had acquired a reputation of support for the Christian orthodoxy defined by the church councils of the Byzantine Empire, a reputation that it retained after the Middle East passed from the Byzantines to the Arabs. John Damascene is the most notable ... More

Keywords: Christian, iconoclasm, icons, liturgical poetry, monasticism, Palestine, preaching, theology, Umayyads

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199252381
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199252386.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Louth, author
Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, University of Durham, and General Editor (with Gillian Clark) of Oxford Early Christian Studies
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