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The Antenicene Pascha: A rhetorical history (Liturgia condenda)


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ISBN 10: 9042905700 / ISBN 13: 9789042905702
Edité par Peeters January 1998, 1998
Neuf(s) Etat : New Paper Back
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The origins of the Christian feast of Pascha (Easter) recede through the primordial obscurity of the Church to the cross and empty tomb. The feast and its central tenets were shared by nearly all pre-Nicene Christians, but the manner of celebrating and the mode of understanding Pascha were much more fluid. Various formulae produced up to four different Paschal dates; regional Christian sub-cultures characterized Pascha with different emphases. The conflict and confluence of these traditions up to the First Council of Nicaea formed the feast as we now celebrate it. Unfortunately the remaining evidence from these dynamic centuries is scant, and its rhetoric requires very careful interpretation. In The Antenicene Pascha, Gerlach adeptly analyzes the extant sources and collates them into a convincing portrait. One regrets that this portrait is obscured by a lack of overall narratival structure, yet the reader's perseverance is rewarded by rare insight into early Christians' Paschal traditions and debates. Moreover, in our present East-West Paschal impasse (celebrating on different days sometimes resignedly, sometimes boisterously) we might benefit from the light this book sheds on how early Christians addressed such differences. N° de réf. du libraire 20080212134409

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Titre : The Antenicene Pascha: A rhetorical history ...

Éditeur : Peeters January 1998

Date d'édition : 1998

Reliure : Paper Back

Etat du livre :New

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