Has anyone read either of the following books? A simultaneous interesting and boring read: while the subject matter is of great interest and through reading I learned a lot, it's easy to get bogged down and overwhelmed in the midst of all Eucharistic prayers, rites and name dropping. The books listed above seem like academic books, and that is totally fine with me. The work also offers readers an appreciation of the constant developments and revisions of these liturgies, and of how research into these rites and practices has transformed the liturgies of the present age. This is not to denigrate the work of either author, both of whom do scholarship and immense service by arranging, presenting, and assisting in the interpretation of the developments of Christian liturgies over time. The authors argue that the lack of the institution narrative in some early Eucharistic prayers indicates the absence of Last Supper themes in those communities. Rites, practices, and theologies from the West and East are carefully examined from within their respective social, cultural, and religious contexts.
The analysis of the shape and prayers of the Eucharist in the Lutheran, Reformed, and Anglican traditions is comprehensive. Where else can someone ask a question about a book and be advised by people who have met and studied under the authors. You may wonder how detailed study of this topic every became an academic subject. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the the eucharistic liturgies bradshaw paul gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. Justin Martyr First Apology 65. It was mentioned as a worthy reference for the Latin Rite in the previous book. Once again, the authors present the key texts and analyze the shape of the Roman, Lutheran, and Anglican liturgies of the twentieth century, with a shorter section on other Protestant liturgical traditions.
Like the earlier volume, this study proceeds historically, from the origins of the Eucharist up to our own day. It was mentioned as a worthy reference for the Latin Rite in the previous book. Bradshaw rarely offers his own perspective, unless it is to correct a previous scholar he believes to have erred about 85% of the book is analysis of other scholars and the rest is Bradshaw's own contentions. He has written or edited more than twenty books on the subject of Christian worship. All of this was supposedly standardized at a very early date, and has remained essentially the same ever since. Eucharistic Origins challenges this consensus and argues that, while the Eucharistic sayings of Jesus did play an important part in shaping the beliefs of many early Christian communities: - the actual form of their liturgical celebrations were quite varied; - the association of the Euchari From the blurb on the back cover: The conventional view of scholars has tended to be that the Last Supper, as recorded in the New Testament, was both the source and the pattern for the early Christian Eucharist.
The books listed above seem like academic books, and that is totally fine with me. Paul Turner Author of Glory in the Cross: Holy Week in the Third Edition of The Roman Missal In this long-awaited companion to The Rites of Christian Initiation 2007 , Bradshaw and Johnson draw upon their own extensive research, as well as up-to-date scholarship in several academic fields, in order to unravel and analyze the development of the Eucharist from the early church's meals and emerging rites through to selected rites in the twentieth century. The reader will discover masterful presentations of the current scholarship of this period. Much conjecture from little information. Like the earlier volume, this study proceeds historically, from the origins of the Eucharist up to our own day. Bradshaw systematically treats the surprisingly pauce data, demonstrating how some of that data seems to imply practices e.
I am waiting for it, it is in the mail. I am waiting for it, it is in the mail. The authors perform admirably when expressing the difficulties and opacities involved in discovering the nature of early Christian liturgical practices, as extant texts are rare and speculation involves distorting presuppositions. From 1987 to 2005 he was editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Studia Liturgica. Bradshaw and Johnson take time in every chapter to allude to theological developments of the eras in question, such as the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, as well as to discuss the emerging theologies of the Eucharist associated with each liturgy. This study proceeds historically, from the origins of the Eucharist up to our own day. Now Johnson and Paul Bradshaw together offer a companion volume on the historical development of the liturgy and theology of the Eucharist.
Most of the following chapters also repeat major subjects from the chapter just before them in introductory paragraphs, ensuring that readers have a sense of historical narrative in an intricate field. The narratives make more sense if they liturgical blocks Luke vv19-20, Mark vv22, 24-35 are 'lifted' out. The book is intended to serve as a textbook for graduate students in liturgical studies. Comparative charts ease the analysis of the structure of celebration in each era. Any reader will leave the book more sensitive to the long and varying history of Christian liturgies.
Communities differed in the order of the ritual, in the elements used, and in the meanings assigned to it. Likewise, he argues that only gradually did the understanding of the bread and wine as the body and blood of Christ come to predominate. Bradshaw analyzes different Church Fathers Justin Martyr, Tertullian, etc. Drawing on his heritage, depth of studies, and political experience in the Middle East, Joel Rosenberg has crafted numerous gripping thrillers including his upcoming release, The Persian Game. An Anglican and a Lutheran teaching at a Catholic university have combined their considerable learning and skills to give us a text that will remain a standard for scholar and student alike for years to come. The use of extensive quotation and exegesis of primary liturgical texts, especially Eucharistic prayers, from throughout the tradition serves as a hallmark. Chapter 6 on the Middle Ages 600 to 1500 suffers somewhat from compression.
The meal then disappeared from the rite, and the Eucharist was appended to a morning service of the word inherited from the Jewish synagogue. Unlike most studies of this kind, it includes an introduction to and developmental summary of the diverse eucharistic liturgies of the Christian East. The author or editor of twenty-five books and of more than ninety articles and essays, he is also a past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, serves as an editorial consultant for Worship, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Ecclesia Orans. Bradshaw shows that the Eucharist continued to be associated with an evening meal much longer than previously thought. For most people, this book will be too dry I thought the middle third of the book was the most interesting section. Helpful for collecting and commenting on the sources, but Bradshaw tries to make the early church's liturgies as varied and conflicting as he can, lest we actually trace anything back to Jesus and lend any validation to any church's practice today.