Early Christian Ritual Life

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Richard E. DeMaris, Jason Lamoreaux, Steven C. Muir
  • New York, NY: 
    , December
     234 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Susan Ashbrock Harvey forthcoming.


Scholars across many fields have come to realize that ritual is an integral element of human life and a vital aspect of all human societies. Yet, this realization has been slow to develop among scholars of early Christianity. Early Christian Ritual Life attempts to counteract the undervaluing of ritual by placing it at the forefront of early Christian life. Rather than treating ritual in isolation or in a fragmentary way, this book examines early Christian ritual life as a whole. The authors explore an array of Christian ritual activity, employing theory critically and explicitly to make sense of various ritual behaviors and their interconnections. Written by leading experts in their fields, this collection is divided into three parts:

• Interacting with the Divine

• Group Interactions

• Contesting and Creating Ritual Protocols.

This book is ideal for religious studies students seeking an introduction to the dynamic research areas of ritual studies and early Christian practice.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Richard E. DeMaris is a Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University, USA and a specialist in New Testament studies.

Jason T. Lamoreaux is an Adjunct Professor at Texas Christian University, USA. His research focuses on the social contexts of early Christianity.

Steven C. Muir is a Professor at Concordia University of Edmonton, Canada and a specialist in early Christianity in the Greco-Roman world.


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