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World's Oldest Church : Bible, Art, and Ritual at Dura-Europos, Syria (Hardcover) (Michael Peppard)

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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.
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.
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, History, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Archaeology, Ancient / General, Christianity / History
Series Title: Synkrisis
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Author: Michael Peppard
Language: English
Street Date: January 26, 2016
TCIN: 26394347
UPC: 9780300213997
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-0180

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