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Scripture For A Life Of Perfection. The Bible In Late Antique Monasticism: The Case Of Palestine

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This chapter addresses the topic of the Bible in early monasticism through the distinctive perspective provided by the monastic world of Byzantine Palestine. The lack of more specific studies can be explained as a consequence of the characteristic features of monasticism in the Holy Land, namely, its composite and cosmopolitan profile, which brought together individuals and foundations of very different origin; then, its connections with the Holy Places and, consequently, with the ecclesiastic institutions in charge of them; finally, its dogmatic center-stage involvement in the Christological controversies of the fifth and sixth centuries, which was apparently concerned more with the theological doctrines rather than with the Scriptures themselves. Actually, Palestinian monasticism offers even more abundant evidence for writing and reading practices. The series of sayings on the reading of Scripture ascribed to Epiphanius in the Apophthegmata emphasized its spiritual necessity, lest one should endanger one?s own salvation.

Keywords: Apophthegmata; Byzantine Palestine; early monasticism; Holy land

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