Asceticism and Christological Controversy in Fifth-Century by Cornelia B. Horn

By Cornelia B. Horn

Cornelia Horn examines and reconstructs the anti-Chalcedonian flow in Palestine at the foundation of 1 of its most crucial witnesses, the fifth-century lifetime of Peter the Iberian via John Rufus. She makes use of textual in addition to archaeological information to reconstruct the heritage of Peter the Iberian and his major position within the early anti-Chalcedonian Church in addition to the improvement of theological rules and their reference to Palestinian asceticism.

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The answer to be given, as Rufus suggests, is that to be with the majority does not guarantee at all that one is not a rebel and a transgressor against God. 49 Plerophoriae 24. See also Steppa, John Rufus, 78. 50 The text contains a conWrmation for a terminus post quem for its composition. AD 440–468)52 on account of his continued support for Chalcedon. This vision is interpreted as a prophecy of these things, which were about to take place in the ordinance53 which happened just now by the holy and blessed Severus, the archbishop of the queen of the cities, Antioch.

47 Plerophoriae 59: In his attempt to provide an answer to a question which the Chalcedonians posed, namely why anti-Chalcedonians called them transgressors and oppressors, in his long explanation Rufus takes recourse to apostolic law as given by Paul to the Galatians (Galatians 2:18) and the Chalcedonians’ violation of it. 48 Plerophoriae 55: The reproach made by the Chalcedonians states, ‘The whole habitable earth is approaching the churches. And you alone who are few are being separated. And you are calling yourselves orthodox ones and zealots of the truth’.

22 While a title to the Vita Petri Iberi was clearly a part of the transmission of the text in the Syriac manuscript tradition,23 it is not certain if the title given in the Syriac text was translated literally from the Greek. The title as a whole may even have been added by the Syriac translator without a basis for it in the Greek original. Thus the precise wording of an original Greek title, which may or may not have existed, cannot be determined yet. The Content of the Vita Petri Iberi in Outline: The Vita Petri Iberi speaks of the life of the young Georgian prince Peter the Iberian.

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