The Wandering Holy Man – book published by CEMS senior member Volker Menze
In Peter Brown’s series “Transformation of the Classical Heritage” Volker Menze edited together with Johannes Hahn its 60th volume The Wandering Holy Man. The Life of Barsauma, Christian Asceticism, and Religious Conflict in Late Antique Palestine. Barsauma was a fifth-century Syrian ascetic, archimandrite, and leader of monks, notorious for his extreme asceticism and violent anti-Jewish campaigns across the Holy Land. Although Barsauma was a powerful and revered figure in the Eastern church, the Life has never been fully translated and modern scholarship has shown only peripheral interest in it. This pioneering study is the result of a research project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and it includes the first full translation of the Life and a series of studies by scholars employing a range of methods to illuminate the text from different angles and contexts.