Divine Liturgies - Human Problems in Byzantium, Armenia, Syria and Palestine: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Divine Liturgies - Human Problems in Byzantium, Armenia, Syria and Palestine

1st Edition

By Robert F. Taft


316 pages

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pub: 2001-08-14
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In obedience to Jesus' command, 'Do this in remembrance of me', the ritual repetition of the Lord's Supper down through the ages and across multiple Christian cultures in the liturgies of East and West, has given rise, inevitably, to innumerable diversities of shape, text, cultural context, and theological interpretation, as well as to debates, sometimes heated, among modern experts as to the methodologies for resolving the problems arising from these differences. The problems of cultural history, structural, historical, and textual reconstruction, theological interpretation, and method involved in the modern scholarly debate on these issues, are the object of the studies in this volume, dedicated to the liturgies of Byzantium, Armenia, Syria, and Palestine.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Problems in the History of Culture and Historical Reconstruction: Women at church in Byzantium: where, when - and why; Byzantine liturgical evidence in the Life of St. Marcian the Å’conomos: concelebration and the preanaphoral rites; The Armenian ’Holy Sacrifice (Surb Patarag)’ as a mirror of Armenian liturgical history; Problems of Anaphoral Structure and Interpretation: Some structural problems in the Syriac Anaphora of the Twelve Apostles I; Understanding the Byzantine anaphoral oblation; Ecumenical scholarship and the Catholic-Orthodox epiclesis dispute; Problems of Method: Quaestiones disputatae: the skeuophylakion of Hagia Sophia and the entrances of the liturgy revisited (parts I-II); The bematikion in the 6/7th-c. Narration of the Abbots John and Sophronius (BHGNA 1438w): an exercise in comparative liturgy; Comparative liturgy fifty years after Anton Baumstark (d. 1948): a reply to recent critics; Additional notes and comments; Indexes.

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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.

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