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

 
 
 
 
The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship: Sources and Methods for the Study of Early Liturgy
Author: Paul F. Bradshaw
ISBN 13: 9780195217322
ISBN 10: 195217322
Edition: 2
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2002-04-11
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $31.95
 
 

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. Paul 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 adopt 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.