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Asceticism and Christological Controversy in Fifth-Century PalestineThe Career of Peter the Iberian$
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Cornelia B. Horn

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199277532.001.0001

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Asceticism as Locus of Authority: The Case of Peter the Iberian

Asceticism as Locus of Authority: The Case of Peter the Iberian

(p.112) 3 Asceticism as Locus of Authority: The Case of Peter the Iberian
Asceticism and Christological Controversy in Fifth-Century Palestine

Cornelia B. Horn (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter demonstrates how ascetics gained authority, and used this to promote adherence to the particular religious group with which they were affiliated. It addresses those issues of authority, which surfaced in the anti-Chalcedonian ascetic milieu in the 5th and early 6th centuries in the patriarchates of Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch, focusing on the people and events pertaining to Peter the Iberian’s life and career. It examines ascetic influences to which Peter was exposed during the formative years of his life, starting in Georgia, then in Constantinople, and, eventually, in a highly concentrated and direct way in the Holy Land. The specific ascetic style which Peter appears to have developed and which his biographer Rufus further worked out in the literary portrait of Peter is highlighted.

Keywords:   asceticism, Peter the Iberian, anti-Chalcedonian ascetic, authority, resistance

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