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Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem
« on: November 30, 2017, 12:36:16 PM »
This book will be available in February 2018 for the modest price of $104.56. Anyone with deep pockets or university library access, please let us know what you think of this book.

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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, and finally 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 liturgy as 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 at places 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 the question 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.

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Re: Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2017, 01:05:07 PM »
You can read a recent article by the author of that book, regarding liturgy in Jerusalem during the Crusader period, here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03044181.2017.1346935 (this link should work without a connection through a library).

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Re: Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2017, 03:16:42 PM »
I thought it was well-established the Byzantine liturgy had been heavily Levant-ized in the centuries before this. I suspect at least some of the narrative in this book to be more of the sensationalism that characterizes mediocre academic contribution to the humanities.

And did the author just forget about the Roman raizing of Jerusalem in the first century?
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Re: Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2017, 03:35:10 PM »
I thought it was well-established the Byzantine liturgy had been heavily Levant-ized in the centuries before this. I suspect at least some of the narrative in this book to be more of the sensationalism that characterizes mediocre academic contribution to the humanities.

And did the author just forget about the Roman raizing of Jerusalem in the first century?

You should probably take the time to read the article that Sam very helpfully posted.
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Re: Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2017, 04:13:46 PM »
I thought it was well-established the Byzantine liturgy had been heavily Levant-ized in the centuries before this. I suspect at least some of the narrative in this book to be more of the sensationalism that characterizes mediocre academic contribution to the humanities.

And did the author just forget about the Roman raizing of Jerusalem in the first century?

You should probably take the time to read the article that Sam very helpfully posted.

It's okay. Burdened with the usual a priori analyses, pretenses of novel discovery, and an obtuse conclusion. How much of it have you read?
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Re: Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2017, 04:14:44 PM »
Your cool attitude will take you far in life.
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Re: Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2017, 04:16:00 PM »
I'm not worried.
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Re: Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2017, 04:24:11 PM »
I wonder to what extent the Jerusalem Church ever had a Syriac-type liturgy and if so how it compared to the modern Jacobite Churches.
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Re: Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2017, 04:59:58 PM »
While published by Oxford University Press, this is scholarship from the Pontifical Oriental Institute, which is rock solid.
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Re: Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2017, 05:05:04 PM »
Quite interesting. Thank you for the tip. Hopefully local university's library will have it.
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