The Architecture and Liturgy of the Bema in Fourth- To-Sixth-Century Syrian Churches

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BRILL, Aug 28, 2012 - Architecture - 288 pages
First published in 2003 this is a new edition of a work that remains the only study of the nave platform known as the Syrian Bema to utilise an interdisciplinary approach. By combining archaeological and architectural research with a study of the Syriac Liturgy to explore how worship evolved on the Syrian Limestone Massif in Late Antiquity, this volume proposes a solution to the long debated question of why only approximately 50 of these bemata have been discovered amongst many thousands of late antique churches in Syria. It charts the evolution of the early liturgy in Syria and seeks to explain how the location of the Limestone Massif in the hinterland of Antioch may have affected the development of worship in the region.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ch 1 The Archaeological Evidence and Its Implications
17
Ch 2 Interpreting the Written Sources
57
Ch 3 The Syrian Liturgy with Reference to the Bema
79
Conclusion
107
App 1 List of bema churches
121
App 2 The dating of the bema churches
125
neighbouring villages the age of churches with bemata the age of stone bemata
127
Phot App 1 The Basilica of the Holy Cross Resafa October 1998
129
Phot App 2 Catalogue of photographsof the bema churchesof Syria
131
Bibliography
277
Index
283
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Emma Loosley, Ph.D (2001), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. She has published monographs, edited volumes and a variety of articles on many issues relating to Eastern Christianity and Christian-Muslim Relations.

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