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Date of Award

2-1999

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology

Department

School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

Columba Stewart OSB

Abstract

In this essay, I attempt to bring to light something of the significance of The Life of the Blessed Syncretic (Vita Syncleticae) within the tradition of early Christian desert monastic literature. I divide this task into three parts. First, I report the fragments of data known about the work and examine elements of the text in relation to other ascetic works of the period. Next, I discuss how the Life's form, established through various literary devices, functions to convey and underscore the text's verbal theological content. Finally, I recapitulate the teachings of the Vita Syncleticae in systematically arranged theological categories that show how Syncletica's Life amplifies the teachings of Scripture.

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