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

Michael Peppard
Format
Book
Published
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
Language
English
Series
Synkrisis
ISBN
9780300213997, 0300213999
Summary
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.
Description
xi, 320 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes blbliographical references (pages 263-283) and indexes.
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