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

By Cornelia B. Horn

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

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For an English translation of the work, see Zachariah of Mitylene, The Syriac Chronicle, Known as That of Zachariah of Mitylene, tr. by F. J. Hamilton and E. W. Brooks (London, 1899). For a German translation see K. Ahrens and G. Kru¨ger, Die ¨ bersetzung (Leipzig, sogenannte Kirchengeschichte des Zacharias Rhetor in deutscher U 1899). A short letter preserved in two slightly diVerent versions in Armenian and purported to have been composed by Peter is not authentic. In the diVerent manuscript traditions of the Armenian recension of the Plerophoriae such a letter, in which Peter praised the Armenians for not having participated at Chalcedon, but rather having preserved their ancient faith, sometimes precedes and at other times follows the text of the Plerophoriae.

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. 26 The narration of Peter’s activities in the Holy Land can be divided into two sections. 32 22 Instead of printing the title immediately preceding the Syriac text, which in Raabe’s edition begins at Vita Petri Iberi 3, Raabe placed it on a separate page as Vita Petri Iberi 1.

A. Kugener, Vie de Se´ve`re par Jean de Beith-Aphthonia, PO 2 (Paris, 1907), 205 n. 1), thought that MS Sachau 321 should be dated to the ninth century. 21 Vita Petri Iberi 1. 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.

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