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The world's oldest church : Bible, art, and ritual at Dura-Europos, Syria

Author: Michael Peppard
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016] ©2016
Series: Synkrisis.
Edition/Format:   Print book   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Michael Peppard provides a historical and theological reassessment of the oldest Christian building ever discovered, the third-century house-church at Dura-Europos. Contrary to commonly held assumptions about Christian initiation, Peppard contends that rituals here did not primarily embody notions of death and resurrection. Rather, he portrays the motifs of the church's wall paintings as those of empowerment,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Peppard, Michael.
World's oldest church
(OCoLC)948403229
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Peppard
ISBN: 9780300213997 0300213999
OCLC Number: 910504060
Description: xi, 320 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Synkrisis.
Responsibility: Michael Peppard.
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Michael Peppard provides a historical and theological reassessment of the oldest Christian building ever discovered, the third-century house-church at Dura-Europos. Contrary to commonly held assumptions about Christian initiation, Peppard contends that rituals here did not primarily embody notions of death and resurrection. Rather, he portrays the motifs of the church's wall paintings as those of empowerment, healing, marriage, and incarnation, while boldly reidentifying the figure of a woman formerly believed to be a repentant sinner as the Virgin Mary. This richly illustrated volume is a breakthrough work that enhances our understanding of early Christianity at the nexus of Bible, art, and ritual.

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