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Origins of Feasts, Fasts, and Seasons in Early Christianity

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ISBN-10: 0814662447

ISBN-13: 9780814662441

Edition: 2010

Authors: Paul F. Bradshaw, Maxwell E. Johnson

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The liturgical year is a relatively modern invention. The term itself only came into use in the late sixteenth century. In antiquity, Christians did not view the various festivals and fasts that they experienced as a unified whole. Instead, the different seasons formed a number of completely unrelated cycles and tended to overlap and conflict with one another. Drawing upon the latest research, the authors track the development of the Churchs feasts, fasts, and seasons, including the sabbath and Sunday, Holy Week and Easter, Christmas and Epiphany, and the feasts of the Virgin Mary, the martyrs, and other saints.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Publication date: 1/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Sabbath and Sunday
The Lord's day in the Apostolic age?
Continuing traces of the Sabbath in later Christian practice
Sunday in the fourth century
The Christian week: Wednesday and Friday
Easter and Pentecost
The Quartodeciman celebration
The date of the festival
The development of the triduum
Pentecost: the great fifty days
Initiation at Easter
Lent and Holy Week
The emergence of Lent and Holy Week
Three weeks and forty days
The development of Lent
Calculating the forty days
Holy Week in Jerusalem
Christmas and Epiphany
25 December: two competing theories
6 January in the East
6 January in the West
Martyrs and other saints
The first martyrs and saints
Mary: devotion and feasts
Index of modern authors
Index of ancient authors and subjects