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Barsanuphius
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(Barsanorius; feast: Feb 6), an ascetic author of Egyptian origin. He died c. 545 as a hermit in the monastery of Abba Seridos near Gaza. Together with the hermit John “the prophet,” he gave spiritual advice by answering letters sent to him by monks, bishops, and laypersons. Approx. 850 such questions and responses were collected (biblos psychophelestate). They afford deep insights into the life of the Palestinian church in the 5th/6th centuries, attest to the reception of the ascetic doctrines of Evagrius Ponticus under rejection of his “Origenism” (Origen), and wer…

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Ohme, Heinz, “Barsanuphius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_01521>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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