n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - : St. John the Almsgiver and the transformation of the city

Volume 91, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



This article considers the two vitae of St. John the Almsgiver, a seventh-century Patriarch of Alexandria. Unlike the average life of a saint, St. John's two biographies are alarmingly tame, and the normal elements of such literature - miracles, ascetic works, divine visions - are conspicuously absent. However, careful attention to the largely-ignored vitae of St. John reveals that through the defense of doctrine and care for the poor, this bishop sought to transform the city of Alexandria and redeem it for an Empire balanced on the threshold of political and religious chaos.

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