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Ancient traditions of the Virgin Mary's dormition and assumption

Ancient traditions of the Virgin Mary's dormition and assumption

Author: Stephen J Shoemaker
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Series: Oxford early Christian studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The ancient Dormition and Assumption traditions are a collection of over 60 different narratives, preserved in 9 ancient languages, that commemorate the end of the Virgin Mary's life. This study aims to make this collection more accessible by analyzing the liturgical, archaeological, and narrative sources of the earliest traditions of Mary's death. Several of the most important narratives appear here in English for  Read more...

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Named Person: Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint; s Maria Virgo; Marie, Sainte Vierge; Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint.; Mary, (New Testament figure); Maria, moeder van Jezus Christus.; Maria; Maria
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen J Shoemaker
ISBN: 0199250758 9780199250752 9780199210749 0199210748
OCLC Number: 50101584
Description: xiv, 460 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: List of figures --
Abbreviations --
Introduction --
1. The earliest dormition traditions --
2. The ancient Palestinian cult of the virgin and the early dormition traditions --
3. Rival traditions of Mary's death --
4. The prehistory and origins of the dormition and assumption traditions --
Appendices : select translations of early dormition narratives --
A. The Ethiopic Liber Requiei --
B. The earliest Greek dormition narrative --
C. Fifth-century Syriac palimpsest fragments of the 'Six books' --
D. The Ethiopic 'Six books' --
E. The Sahidic Coptic Homily on the dormition, attributed to Evodius of Rome --
F. Jacob of Serug, Homily on the dormition --
G. Parallels to the Liber Requiei from the early Palm Narratives --
Bibliography --
Series Title: Oxford early Christian studies.
Responsibility: Stephen J. Shoemaker.
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The ancient Dormition and Assumption traditions are the earliest accounts of the Virgin Mary's departure from this life. They first developed in the eastern Mediterranean during the early Christian  Read more...


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This is a masterful study, and the author is to be congratulated on his achievement. * International Review of Biblical Studies * ...Essential for the study of Mary in Early Christianity. * Sandra L. Read more...

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