John Rufus: The Lives of Peter the Iberian, Theodosius of Jerusalem, and the Monk Romanus


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.
Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (
Cornelia B. Horn, Ph.D. (2001) in Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, Early Christian Literature, and Greek and Oriental Patristics at Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Robert R. Phenix, Jr., Ph.D. (2005) in Languages and Cultures of the Christian Orient, Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri.
"This careful work is a very welcome contribution to the study of the Chalcedonian
controversy from a generally underrepresented perspective. For the first time it makes
available to English readers three biographies (in two correlated documents) that are of
particular interest for many respects, historical, literary, and theological." - Ilaria L. E. Ramelli, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
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