The council of Chalcedon in 451 aroused a monophysite opposition in parts of the Eastern Empire and an open revolt in Egypt and Palestine. Following the suppression of the monophysite revolt in Palestine, the monophysites in Jerusalem and in Palestine at large seem to have faced a particular dilemma in light of the new domination of Jerusalem and the holy places by the Chalcedonians, and the persecution and expulsion of monophysite leaders. The predicament of the Palestinian monophysites seems to have created special problems among local monophysites circles with regard to the holy places and to pilgrimage to these sites. These issues are exemplified in the life and times of Peter the Iberian (c. 417-491) - prince, pilgrim, monk, miracle worker, visionary, bishop, and a charismatic monophysite master.
|Published - 1997