Traveling to Convert the Hearts: Scripture and Wonders as Ascetic’s Tools of Choice


This essay addresses two late antique Christian texts, the protagonists of which are engaged in various missionary activities directed both outside the Christian communities and against what is perceived as deviations within them. The discussion outlines the complex interplay – and the division of work – between the missionary strategies appealing to Scripture and those relying on the ascetic’s wondrous powers. It is suggested that this characteristic interaction discerned in the two texts under discussion may point to a broader pattern – a topic that warrants a separate study.

Serge Ruzer (Jerusalem, Israel)


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