Therapeutae of Egypt
Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:11 PM
It seems clear to me, based on their described way of life and location, that they were the forerunners for the earliest Christian monasticism. Are there any archaeological finds in their supposed region of habitation?
Eager to learn more,
Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:25 AM
They seem to also be linked to the order of widows mentioned by Paul. The order of widows was where the rank of deaconess came out of. While the order of virgins evolved into nuns. Both groups are described as having similar virtues.
There also seemed to of been an order of male virgins. Probably the earliest reference to such an order is from Revelations about the male virgins that follow CHrist wherever he maybe. This would seem to mimic descriptions of the Theraputaes attitudes.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:37 PM
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