The Wandering Holy Man (Hardcover)

The Life of Barsauma, Christian Asceticism, and Religious Conflict in Late Antique Palestine

By Johannes Hahn (Volume editor), Volker Menze (Volume editor)

University of California Press, 9780520304147, 315pp.

Publication Date: June 9, 2020

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Barsauma was a fifth-century Syrian ascetic, archimandrite, and leader of monks, notorious for his extreme asceticism and violent anti-Jewish campaigns across the Holy Land. Although Barsauma was a powerful and revered figure in the Eastern church, modern scholarship has widely dismissed him as thug of peripheral interest. Until now, only the most salacious bits of the ancient text the Life of Barsauma—a fascinating collection of miracles that Barsauma undertook in the Holy Land—had been translated. This pioneering study includes the first full translation of the Life and a series of studies by scholars employing a range of methods to illuminate the text from different angles and contexts. This is the authoritative collection on this influential but understudied figure in the history of the church and his life, travels, and relations with other religious groups.

About the Author

Johannes Hahn is Professor of Ancient History at Münster University. He has published primarily on Roman Imperial History and Late Antiquity, including Gewalt und religiöser Konflikt. He is editor of several volumes on religion, violence, and society in the Later Roman Empire.

Volker Menze is Associate Professor of Late Antique History at the Central European University. His publications include Justinian and the Making of the Syrian Orthodox Church. He is currently working on a monograph titled The Last Pharaoh of Alexandria: Patriarch Dioscorus and Ecclesiastical Politics in the Later Roman Empire.