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And you shall sleep restful nights" (St. Ephraim the Syrian).

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Liturgy of St. James

Aschendorff Verlag of Münster has just sent me a new book: 

Liturgia Ibero-Graeca Sancti Iacobi.
Editio – translatio – retroversio – commentarii.

Die Liturgie des hl. Apostels Jakobus (georgisch – griechisch)
The Old Georgian Version of the Liturgy of Saint James
published by Lili Khevsuriani – Mzekala Shanidze – Michael Kavtaria and Tinatin Tseradze
La Liturgie de Saint Jacques.
Rétroversion grecque et commentaires par Stéphane Verhelst Erschienen 2011, 472pp.

About this book, the publisher tells us:
The Divine Liturgy of James the Apostle and Brother of the Lord“ was up to medieval times the primary liturgy in Jerusalem, Palestine and the Antiochene Patriarchate and it still is, in its Syrian form, the principal anaphora of the Syrian Oriental Church. Even more ancient than all Greek manuscripts available is the Georgian version, made in Palestine monasteries of Late Antiquity. This volume offers a new edition of the Georgian text, for the first time based on all ancient manuscripts found on Mount Sinai and in Georgia. An English translation, a Greek retroversion as well as substantial commentaries and specimina of the main manuscripts complete this volume.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part, consisting of four chapters, is written in English (with facing Georgian text on many pages); and the second part, consisting of an introduction and five chapters, is written in French. There are a dozen appendices, many containing variant texts or discussing Syriac, Arabic, Greek and other codices and varia. 

Daniel Galadza, who drew my attention to this, will be reviewing it for us in Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies.

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