Aux origines de la Dormition de la Vierge: Etudes Historiques sur les Traditions Orientales, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Aux origines de la Dormition de la Vierge

Etudes Historiques sur les Traditions Orientales, 1st Edition

By Michel van Esbroeck

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336 pages

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The studies in this volume have as their specific focus the origins of the Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin and their aim is to help explain how there arose the very different literary and liturgical traditions of the Greeks, Georgians and Armenians. In addition, this exploration of the sources makes available to scholars a wide range of often inaccessible texts in Armenian and Georgian, as well as in the Syriac and Coptic traditions. The key to understanding the development of the tradition, the author argues, is to examine its relationship with imperial policies and in particular the attitudes of the Byzantine emperors of the 5th-7th centuries towards the pro- and anti-chalcedonian tendencies. Overall, these studies throw new light on the growth of the cult of the Virgin and the sites of this cult, in Jerusalem and Constantinople, as well as many aspects of early Byzantine politics and the history of Eastern Christianity. Les études regroupées dans ce volume se concentrent spécifiquement sur les origines de la Fête de la Formition de la Vierge et ont pour objectif d’aider à expliquer l’avènement des très différentes traditions littéraires et liturgiques grecques, georgiennes et arméniennes. En sus, cette exploration des sources donne accès aux spécialistes à un large évential de textes souvent innaccessibles, en arménien et en georgien, ainsi que de traditions syriaque et coptique. La clef permettant de comprendre le développement de la tradition, selon l’auteur, est d’en examiner le rapport avec les diverses politiques impériales et, plus particulièrement, avec l’attitude des empereurs byzantins des 5-7è siècles, ebvers les tendances pro- et anti- chalcédoniennes. Dans l’ensemble, ces études apportent un nouvel angle sur la croissance du culte de la Vierge et les sites de celui-ci, à Jérusalem et à Constantinople, ainsi que sur de nombreux aspects de l’histoire de la chrétienté orientale et des premières pol

Reviews

'Michael van Esbroeck, perhaps more than any other scholar, has indicated how necessary it is to see all the various literatures of the Christian East as interconnected, and time and time again in his own publications he has shown how valuable - indeed, essential - it is in the study of hagiography to make use of the evidence available in all these different languages.' Journal of Theological Studies

Table of Contents

Contents: Les textes littéraires sur l’Assomption avant le Xe siècle; Etude comparée des notices byzantines et caucasiennes pour la fête de la Dormition; Les signes des temps dans la littérature syriaque; Nouveaux apocryphes de la Dormition conservés en géorgien; Apocryphes géorgiens de la Dormition; L’Assomption de la Vierge dans un Transitus pseudo-basilien; Un témoin indirect de l’Histoire euthymiaque dans une lecture arabe pour l’Assomption; Un court traité pseudo-basilien de mouvance aaronite conservé en arménien; Impact de l’Ecriture sur le Concile de Dwin de 555; Le culte de la Vierge de Jérusalem à Constantinople aux 6e-7e siècles; La Dormition chez les Coptes; Une homélie arménienne sur la dormition attribuée à Chrysostome; La lettre sur la dimanche, descendue du ciel; Un canon liturgique géorgien pour l’Assomption de la Vierge; Version géorgienne de l’homélie eusébienne CPG 5528 sur l’Ascension; Addenda et corrigenda; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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HISTORY / General