Byzantine Monasticism and the Holy Land: Palestine in Byzantine Hagiography of the 11th and 12th Centuries

in Heirs of the Apostles

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While Palestinian monasteries are scarcely mentioned in Byzantine hagiography of the period between the middle of the ninth century and the 960s, the constant reference in the lives and writings of several saints from the 11th and 12th centuries presented here demonstrate that the Holy Land once again became an attractive goal for wandering monks. This new interest is without doubt connected to the Byzantine re-conquest of Northern Syria and the subsequent Byzantinization of the Melkite Church, including its monasteries, and has to be understood as an expression of what the Holy Land and especially the famous monasteries of the Judean desert meant for Orthodox monks in Byzantium in that period of a revival of monasticism in Byzantium.

Heirs of the Apostles

Studies on Arabic Christianity in Honor of Sidney H. Griffith

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