Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem

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Daniel Galadza
Oxford Early Christian Studies
  • New York, NY: 
    Oxford University Press
    , February
     2018.
     432 pages.
     $110.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780198812036.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Stefanos Alexopoulos forthcoming.

Description

The Church of Jerusalem, the "mother of the churches of God", influenced all of Christendom before it underwent multiple captivities between the eighth and thirteenth centuries: first, political subjugation to Arab Islamic forces, then displacement of Greek-praying Christians by Crusaders, andfinally ritual assimilation to fellow Orthodox Byzantines in Constantinople. All three contributed to the phenomenon of the Byzantinization of Jerusalem's liturgy, but only the last explains how it was completely lost and replaced by the liturgy of the imperial capital, Constantinople. The sources for this study are rediscovered manuscripts of Jerusalem's liturgical calendar and lectionary. When examined in context, they reveal that the devastating events of the Arab conquest in 638 and the destruction of the Holy Sepulchre in 1009 did not have as detrimental an effect on liturgyas previously held. Instead, they confirm that the process of Byzantinization was gradual and locally-effected, rather than an imposed element of Byzantine imperial policy or ideology of the Church of Constantinople. Originally, the city's worship consisted of reading scripture and singing hymns atplaces connected with the life of Christ, so that the link between holy sites and liturgy became a hallmark of Jerusalem's worship, but the changing sacred topography led to changes in the local liturgical tradition. Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem is the first study dedicated to thequestion of the Byzantinization of Jerusalem's liturgy, providing English translations of many liturgical texts and hymns here for the first time and offering a glimpse of Jerusalem's lost liturgical and theological tradition.

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

Daniel Galadza is Assistant Professor in the Department for Historical Theology at the University of Vienna. His research interests include Church History, Orthodox Christianity, and Byzantine Studies.

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