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Transgressing Claims to Sacred Space

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This chapter argues that in order to counteract that limiting experience of finding the Holy Places of Palestine increasingly dominated by Chalcedonians and thus as being inaccessible to themselves, anti-Chalcedonians highlighted in their life of religious devotion that relics were endowed with the capability to be used for creating Places of the anti-Chalcedonians' own choosing and approval. It first discusses the struggle between Chalcedonians and anti-Chalcedonians over the Holy Places. Then this contribution takes note of the connection between relics and sacred space in the Holy Land and the relative lack of attention paid to relics in fifth- and sixth-century Chalcedonian ascetical literature of Palestinian provenance. It lays the foundation for contrasting that usage with the significantly more prominent use of and reference to relics in the respective anti-Chalcedonian literature. The chapter examines in greater detail the evidence for the use of relics that is contained in Rufus's works.

Keywords: anti-Chalcedonians; Chalcedonians; holy places; Palestine; relics; sacred space



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