The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship: Sources and Methods for the Study of Early Liturgy

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Religion - 244 pages
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This is a substantially expanded and completely revised verision of Bradshaw's classic account, first published in 1993. Traditional liturgical scholarship has generally been marked by an attempt to fit together the various pieces of evidence for the practice of early Christian worship in such a way as to suggest that a single, coherent line of evolution can be traced from the apostolic age to the fourth century. Bradshaw examines this methodology in the light of recent developments in Jewish liturgical scholarship, of current trends in New Testament studies, and of the nature of the source-documents themselves, and especially the ancient church orders. In its place he offers a guide to Christian liturgical origins which adopts a much more cautious approach, recognizing the limitations of what can truly be known, and takes seriously the clues pointing to the essentially variegated character of ancient Christian worship.

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Bradshaw is the scholar who managed to throw a great deal of liturgical scholarship into confusion with his edition of the Apostolic Tradition, making a persuasive argument for its being a late ... Read full review

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Looked over 1st edition for comps because it's all I could get my hands on--should find and review 2nd edition when I'm next at my parents'. Read full review

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Paul F. Bradshaw is at University of Notre Dame.

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