The School of Nisibis: an ancient religious community?


  • Adam Izdebski University of Warsaw


Słowa kluczowe:

Nisibis, Christianity school, theology


For the first modern scholars, the School of Nisibis constituted a primitive form of what they believe to be an early university. For this reason the School became known as a “theological academy” and many people still think that the community at Nisibis should be understood as a school similar to our modern institutions of advanced education, The trouble with this view is its anachronism. It can be very deceptive to reduce past cultural phaenomena to what we know from our own times. The aim of this paper is to place the School of Nisibis in the context of similar ancient institutions and thus properly understand its idea of education and the spiritual formation it offered to its disciples.


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