Date of Award
Master of Arts in Theology
School of Theology and Seminary
Columba Stewart OSB
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.
Schaffer, Mary, "A Study of the Life of Blessed Syncletica" (1999). Graduate Papers/Theses. 1826.
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