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

Author: Michael Peppard
Publisher: New Haven ; London Yale University Press [2016] © 2016
Series: Synkrisis
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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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Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als:
Peppard, Michael
The world's oldest church
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2016
xi, 320 Seiten
Druckausg.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Peppard
ISBN: 9780300216516 0300216513 9780300213997 0300213999
OCLC Number: 952053562
Notes: Titel ist im Rahmen der Initiative Knowledge Unlatched frei zugänglich.
Description: 1 Online-Ressource (xi, 320 Seiten) : Illustrationen.
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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