The Baptismal Liturgy of Jerusalem: Fourth- and Fifth-Century Evidence from Palestine, Syria and Egypt, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Baptismal Liturgy of Jerusalem

Fourth- and Fifth-Century Evidence from Palestine, Syria and Egypt, 1st Edition

By Juliette Day


166 pages

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Was Jerusalem, under her bishop Cyril, the source of liturgical innovations in the fourth century or was she simply following trends which also affected the liturgy of neighbouring provinces? In assessing these two established propositions in relation to baptism, Juliette Day undertakes a careful comparative analysis of all the relevant sources for Palestine, Egypt and Syria, paying attention to the structure, content and theological narrative of the rites which they describe. The Mystagogical Catecheses, commonly attributed to Cyril of Jerusalem, are the key source in this discussion and this book demonstrates that they date from the episcopate of his successor John.


’… Day's excellent book should provide a new beginning for further detailed studies in the sources of Jerusalem liturgy. For this and for a great introduction to the relevant sources I recommend it highly.’ Worship ’… a brilliant little book… Ashgate has again put us in its debt by introducing historical liturgical debate to a wider audience - and in such a well-presented format.’ Praxis News of Worship ’Day has tackled a difficult subject with great courage and skill… she gives us a useful summary of past research, many new and a way forward for potentially most fruitful further work.’ Anaphora ’Day's hypothesis is clear and well-researched, and her book essential reading for all those interested in the early history of the rites of Christian initiation.’ Ecclesiastical History 'All in all, Day's monograph contains a great wealth of valuable information and convincingly questions a large number of commonly held assumptions.' Bijdragen

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Comparing liturgies; The Palestinian sources; Syria and Egypt; The pre-immersion rituals; The immersion; The post-immersion rituals; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Dr Juliette Day formerly Director of Open Learning Theology and lectures in Liturgical Studies and Patristics at the University of Wales - Lampeter, UK. Her particular research and publishing interests are in catechesis and initiation in the Eastern churches of the fourth and fifty centuries, and she has recently published a study of the Mystagogical homily by Proclus, fifth-century bishop of Constantinople.

About the Series

Liturgy, Worship and Society Series

The Liturgy, Worship and Society series provides a library of innovative scholarship in liturgical studies at a time of vital changes in liturgical life and vigorous debates in academia. The series highlights contemporary work in liturgical studies, attuned both to traditional scholarly inquiry and to recent and emerging questions. In particular, the series is committed to exploring the relationship between liturgical life in Christian churches worldwide and the broader cultural and social contexts in which worship takes place. By offering a thorough grounding in the historical and theological foundations of liturgy as well as determined attention to contemporary developments and concerns, the Liturgy, Worship and Society series is set to make a vital contribution not only to scholarship in liturgical studies but also to the practice of Christian worship in the world today.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General