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

589ff6e6cfd28.jpg Author Michael Peppard
Isbn 9780300213997
File size 6MB
Year 2016
Pages 336
Language English
File format PDF
Category Religion

Book Description:

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.

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