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Foundations in Ritual Studies by John Mellohritual studies applies anthropological methodology to the study of religious actions. offers students of Christian liturgy fresh insights from specialists in anthropology, religious studies, and Christian liturgy.
The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual by Risto Uroscholars of early Christianity have begun to use ritual as an analytical tool for describing and explaining Christian origins and the early history of the movement. account of the ritual world of early Christianity from the beginning of the movement up to the fifth century. introduces theories, approaches; central topics of ritual life in the cultural world of early Christianity; and important Christian ritual themes and practices in emerging Christian groups.
Prayers & Hymns
Literature or Liturgy? by Hermut Löhrelaborate on the question of how ancient pieces of liturgy might be found in the extant literature. topics range from Jewish Early Medieval poetry to Ancient Greek hymns.
Living Water: images, symbols, and settings of early Christian baptism by Robin Margaret Jensensurvey of early Christian baptismal iconography and architecture integrates visual depictions and physical settings of baptism with textual evidence for its practice and purpose. overview of pictorial art (paintings, relief sculpture, mosaics, and ivories). considers selected baptismal structures, examining the symbolism, purpose, and possible meaning of their spatial design and decorative programs. Online available.
The Cult of the Saints by Peter Brownexplores the role of tombs, shrines, relics, and pilgrimages connected with the sacred bodies of the saints. Challenging the common treatment of the cult as an outbreak of superstition among the lower classes, Brown demonstrates how this form of religiousity engaged the finest minds of the Church and elicited from members of the educated upper classes some of their most splendid achievements in poetry, literature, and the patronage of the arts. Online available.
Brother-Making in Late-Antiquity and Byzantium by Claudia Rappan ecclesiastical ritual of adelphopoiesis, which pronounces two men, not related by birth, as brothers for life. origin as a spiritual blessing in the monastic world of late antiquity, and it becomes a popularsocial networking strategy among lay people from the ninth century onwards. history of this feature of Byzantine life.