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Book of Steps
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The Book of Steps (ktābā d-masqātā; Liber Graduum in modern scholarship) is a collection of 30 Syriac discourses or mēmrē on the spiritual and ascetical life. Written by an intentionally anonymous author in the late 4th century CE in the Adiabene region of the Persian Empire (northeast Iraq), the work focuses on the description and development of two levels of committed Christ…

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Kitchen, Robert A., “Book of Steps”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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