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Dorotheus of Gaza
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(500/510, Antioch – 560/580, near Gaza) lived for years in a monastery near Gaza, where he was a student of Barsanuphius and John the Prophet. In 540 he founded his own monastery. His writings include works of spiritual instruction, several letters, a vita, and a collection of aphorisms. Building on Evagrius Ponticus, Basil the Great, and John Chrysostom, Dorotheus developed a cenobitic spirituality rooted in baptism. Under the guidance of a spiritual leader, the monastic life advances from renunciation of the passions to humility, the …

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Holze, Heinrich, “Dorotheus of Gaza”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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