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Starting from the second part of the 3 rd century A.D., a wide range of sources testifies to individual covenants which Christian ascetics or ascetic communities made with God. As it seems, at least three independent covenant traditions existed in Upper and Lower Egypt as well as in Syria/Mesopotamia. The function of those covenants was to provide theological basis for proto-monastic and early monastic groups appearing in those regions. Thus, the ascetic covenant theology seems to be one of thedoi:10.21638/11701/spbu20.2017.102 fatcat:bfjuhrwxdnha3i4ukmnuoxsrdi