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Bibil Identifier bibil:223113
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Religious Toleration in the Apophthegmata Patrum
Author Marinides, Nicholas
Journal Journal of Early Christian Studies (Volume: 20, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 235-268 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In contrast to a general scholarly portrayal of Christian intolerance in the late antique Roman Empire, many instances of toleration are to be found in the Apophthegmata Patrum. The desert fathers of fourth-century Egypt portrayed in the text emphasized orthodoxy, but also interacted peacefully with people of other beliefs due to their observation of the commandments of love and non-judgment. Their social structure and geographical isolation also mitigated factors that led to religious clashes elsewhere. The compilation of the Apophthegmata collections in sixth-century Palestine enshrined such instances of toleration in the broader Christian ascetical tradition.
DOI DOI:10.1353/earl.2012.0018
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Apophtegms of the Desert Fathers
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Relation with or Attitude toward Paganism
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