This book makes available for the first time in English important works by the anti-Chalcedonian historian and biographer John Rufus on Peter the Iberian, Theodosius of Jerusalem, and Abba Romanus, three key figures of the Christian history of Palestine in the fifth and early sixth centuries C.E. The work offers a new critical edition of the Syriac text; the first-ever published English translation; a substantial introduction to Palestinian monasticism, the christological controversies of the time, and the life and writings of John Rufus; and ample annotations to a Syriac text whose Greek original is no longer available. By providing access to the Christian landscape (literally and metaphorically) in late antique and early Byzantine times, this volume offers a valuable counterbalance from a minority perspective to the biographical and historical writings of the Chalcedonian apologist Cyril of Scythopolis.
Cornelia B. Horn is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, Early Christian Literature, and Greek and Oriental Patristics at Saint Louis University. She is the author of Asceticism and Christological Controversy in Fifth-Century Palestine: The Career of Peter the Iberian (Oxford University Press) and co-author of “Let the Little Children Come to Me”: Childhood and Children in Early Christianity (forthcoming from The Catholic University of America Press).
Robert R. Phenix Jr. is Visiting Assistant Professor in Hebrew Bible and Early Christianity at Saint Louis University, and the author of Rhetoric and Interpretation in Fifth-Century Syriac Literature: The Sermons on Joseph of Balai of Qenneshrin (Mohr Siebeck).
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