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Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ: The Monasteries of Palestine 314-631

John Binns


The monasteries of the Jerusalem desert were famous throughout the Byzantine Christian world. Yet whilst much has been written about their counterparts in Egypt and Syria, this book is the first to provide a comprehensive study of 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 book is divided into three parts. The first examines the lives of the holy men of the desert using contemporary source material, and looks at the culture which produced them. The second describes the environment, inclu ... More

Keywords: monasteries, Jerusalem, desert, Byzantine period, Christian world, monastic movement, Palestine, Constantine, Persians, holy men

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269342
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269342.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Binns, author