Paideia as humility and becoming God-like in Dorotheos of Gaza

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Champion, Michael. (2017) Paideia as humility and becoming God-like in Dorotheos of Gaza. Journal of Early Christian Studies. 25(3), pp. 441 - 469. https://doi.org/10.1353/earl.2017.0036
AuthorsChampion, Michael
Abstract

This article examines the virtue of humility in Dorotheos of Gaza’s writings. It relates his teaching to traditions of classical education and Palestinian monasticism and clarifies distinctive elements of his program of monastic paideia and wider thought. Dorotheos deploys earlier ascetic literature and classical rhetoric, medicine, and philosophy to construct a concept of humility which organizes his anthropology, epistemology, ethics, and soteriology within the contours of a largely traditional account of the divine plan of salvation adapted for his monastic context. The article hence illumines a complex monastic virtue, Dorotheos’s ascetic teaching, and his contribution to Palestinian monasticism.

Year2017
JournalJournal of Early Christian Studies
Journal citation25 (3), pp. 441 - 469
PublisherThe Johns Hopkins University Press
ISSN1067-6341
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1353/earl.2017.0036
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85031288085
Page range441 - 469
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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