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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Studies in Eastern Christian Liturgy

We live in a happy time when scholarship on Eastern Christian liturgics proceeds apace, with numerous superlative studies appearing regularly, as I have noted on here repeatedly. One of the most recent is a collection of scholarly articles: B. Groen, ed., Inquiries into Eastern Christian Worship (Brill, 2012), 510pp.

This book is based on the second international congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy, which was held in Rome in 2008. The table of contents (PDF) is here, and reveals some well known names in Eastern liturgics: Robert Taft, Mark Morozowich, Vassa Larin, Stefanos Alexopoulos, Michael Zheltov, Steven Hawkes-Teeples, and the Syriac scholar Susan Ashbrook Harvey, inter alia. The publisher further tells us:
This volume contains twenty-five selected papers of the 2008 congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy held in Rome. The Society is a non-confessional scholarly association dedicated to the study of Eastern Christian worship, founded at its first congress in Eichstätt, Germany in 2006. The Society’s scope and purpose is to foster that study in all its aspects, such as the origins of Eastern liturgy, history, current practice, theology, and spirituality. The field includes related disciplines, such as hymnography, architecture, iconography, and their multiple methodologies. This volume shows the great variety of the field in question and brings to light new interesting and relevant research results by scholars working in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The papers deal with, inter alia, the Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Georgian, Greek, Russian, Serbian, Syriac, and Ukrainian ritual-liturgical traditions, their development, and their meaning.

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