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The World's Oldest Church: Bible, Art, and Ritual at Dura-Europos, Syria

Michael Peppard
Format
Book; Computer Resource; Manuscript/Archive; Online; EBook
Published
London : Knowledge Unlatched, c2016.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2016.
Language
English
Variant Title
The World's Oldest Church, Bible, Art, and Ritual at Dura-Europos, Syria
Series
Synkrisis
ISBN
9780300213997 (print-ISBN)
Abstract
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.
In his fresh reassessment of the wall paintings on the third-century house-church at Dura-Europos, Syria, award-winning scholar Michael Peppard argues for a radically different interpretation of the paintings’ central motifs. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.
Description
1 online resource (344 pages) : illustrations, figures, tables.
Mode of access: Internet.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Other Forms
Also issued in print and PDF version.
Terms of Use
CC BY-NC-ND.
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