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36 - The Bible in liturgy

from Part V - The Reception of the Bible in the Post-New Testament Period

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 May 2013

James Carleton Paget
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
Joachim Schaper
Affiliation:
University of Aberdeen
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This chapter explores the fascinating forms of interaction between the Bible and liturgy which occurred in the first six centuries of Christianity. It deals with the use of biblical texts in various liturgical settings and frameworks and with the effects this had upon these texts. The chapter focuses upon the recitation or reading of larger biblical text units, basically biblical lectionaries and psalms. The chapter provides examples of the increasing impact biblical traditions had upon the growth and development of early Christian feasts and rituals. Recent research on the history of early Christian liturgy has highlighted the importance of early Christian meals. The oldest document that contains data concerning early Christian meals, the Didache, refers exclusively to prayers of thanksgiving and hymns. The reading of scripture fulfilled an important role in the liturgy of the hours, that is, the services held at fixed times during the day and the night.
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Print publication year: 2013

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