Sabas Monastery
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[German Version]

The monastery was established between 483 and 490 by St. Sabas alongside the Kidron Valley nine km southeast of Jerusalem. It was founded as a laura, consisting of individual caves in the rock with a communal building as its center. Despite its deep involvement in the Origenist controversies, by the time of the Persian invasion in 614 it had already experienced an initial spiritual and intellectual flowering (Cyril of Scythopolis); it played an essential role in the development of the churc…

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Plank, Peter, “Sabas Monastery”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025131>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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