By Robert F. Taft
Liturgical ritual was once an incredible section of the Christian cultures of past due Antiquity and the center a long time. This used to be very true of Byzantium, the place courtroom and church ritual, usually intertwined, completed a splendour unprecedented through the other point of civic or non secular lifestyles. during this quantity Robert Taft has introduced jointly a sequence of reviews at the formation and improvement of those rites and at the that means that they had for contemporaries. specific articles examine the function of Jerusalem, Constantinople, then Mt Athos, during this procedure, and on the liturgy of St John Chrysostom. additionally incorporated are very important reports concentrating on the position of the bema within the Syriac Church.
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Liturgy in Byzantium and Beyond (Collected Studies Series, 493) by Robert F. Taft