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African American Studies | History of Religion | History of Religions of Western Origin | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


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.


First published in Semeia, vol. 58 (1992), by the Society of Biblical Literature.

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