The Antenicene Pascha: A Rhetorical History

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Peeters Publishers, 1998 - Religion - 434 pages
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Beginning with "spiritual" interpretation and anti-Judaic polemic to secure the Pesach institution narrative (Ex 12) for Christian proclamation, major centers of Asia Minor and Syria, then Upper Egypt and the West, develop distinct rhetorical structures that load first the day, then the date of Pascha, with theological meaning. The emergence of the four-gospel canon at the end of the second century enriches, but does not supplant, a dialogue between Christian rituals and the scriptures inherited from Judaism. The Antenicene Pascha takes a fresh approach to the scattered literary remains of the earliest paschal feast by acknowledging them for what they are: relics of heated disputes about ritual boundaries that had elevated the Pascha, an observance with no explicite reference in first century literature, to an icon of unity and orthodoxy at the Council of Nicaea. Just as these disputes repeat familiar patterns of establishing Christian identity, much modern scholarship employs hermeneutical categories derived from other conflicts (Great Schism, Reformation) that often obscure, rather than reveal, the history of the paschal celebration. This book will be of value not only to students of the liturgy, but also to those interested in the history of biblical hermeneutics, the canon, and the roots of Christian anti-Judaism.
 

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Contents

THE LANGUAGE OF RITE
3
Rituals are not their narratives
10
THE ASIAN OR COMMON
21
Paul
32
Looking Ahead
42
History or Rhetoric?
71
EGYPT
79
Origen
114
Drawing the Lines of Trajectory
162
FASTING IN THE DAYS OF PASCHA
185
Letter to Victor of Rome Part One
195
Demonstration on the Pascha
231
A Look Backward and Forward
244
B THE PASCHAL CONTROVERSY 325
257
THE QUARTADECIMAN QUESTION CA 195
319
HI On the Margins or at the Center? PseudoTertullians Blastus
372

Observations
130
The Beginnings of Mimetic Liturgical
139
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150
FINDING THE HISTORY
389
E BIBLIOGRAPHY
411
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