The characterization of the fouth-century Black (Ethiopian) monk named Moses in late ancient Christian hagiographie narratives opens wide a window not only onto particular understandings of, and propaganda about, ascetic piety and religious orientations to the world, but also ancient (non-black) Christian sensitivies to racial/color differences. Four ancient sources— Palladius' Lausiac History, Sozomen's Ecclesiastical History, the anonymous Apophthegmata Patrum, and Acta Sanctorum—are analyzed on the basis of a recent translation.
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Wimbush, Vincent L. 1992. "Ascetic Behavior and Color-ful Language : Stories about Ethiopian Moses." Semeia no. 58: 81-92. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost (accessed August 3, 2011).