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Territory, Anti-Intellectual Attitude, and Identity Formation in Late Antique Palestinian Monastic Communities

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Abstract Identity both religious and secular is influenced by external factors. This article is an attempt to show how this is the case in connection with two Palestinian ascetic communities and how these two communities though both influenced by the Chalcedonian controversies, as well as the second Origenist controversy developed very differing identities.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Comparative Religion, Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905 Israel, Email:, URL:; 2: Department of Comparative Religion, Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905 Israel


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