( c. 620-c. 700)

Athos, New Skete



ANASTASIUS of SINAI, Abbot of the monastery of St Catherine on Mount Sinai. A strong supporter of orthodoxy against all forms of heresy, he is believed to have attacked Monophysitism at Alexandria as early as 640, and it was against the same heresy that his most important treatise, the ‘Hodegos’ (Gk. Ὁδηγός i.e. ‘Guide’), was primarily directed. The 154 ‘Questions and Answers’ included in editions of his writings are not in their present form his work, and the textual tradition of the popular ‘Narrationes’ attributed to him requires clarification. Feast in East, 21 April.

The fullest collection of his works is in J. P. Migne, PG 89. 35–1288; further works under the title ‘Anastasiana’ in J. B. Pitra, Iuris Ecclesiastici Graecorum Historia et Monumenta, 2 (1868), pp. 238–94 ‘Synopsis de haeresibus et synodis’, also ed. K.-H. Uthemann, in Annuarium Historiae Coniliorum, 14 (1982), pp. 58–94 Crit. edn. of ‘Hodegos’ (entitled viae Dux) by id. (CCSG 8; 1981) and of Homilies and Opuscula adversus Monotheletas by id. (ibid. 12; 1985); that of the genuine ‘Questions and Answers’ by J. A. Munitiz in preparation. S. N. Sakkos, Περὶ Ἀναστασίων Σιναϊτῶν (Thessalonica, 1964; conclusions not generally accepted, but valuable for list of MSS). M. Richard, ‘Anastase le Sinaïte, l’Hodegos et le Monothélisme’, Revue des Études Byzantines, 16 (1958), pp. 29–42. J. Munitiz, SJ, ‘Anastasios of Sinai: Speaking and Writing to the People of God’, in M. B. Cunningham and P. Allen (eds.), Preacher and Audience: Studies in Early Christian and Byzantine Homiletics (Leiden, 1998), pp. 227–45. CPG 3 (1979), nos. 7745–58 (pp. 453–62), Suppl. (1998), pp. 442–4, and 3 A (2003) p. 45. Altaner and Stuiber (1978), pp. 524 f. and 661.

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