Life Cycles in Jewish and Christian Worship

Life Cycles in Jewish and Christian Worship

by Lawrence A. Hoffman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0268013071

ISBN-13: 9780268013073

Pub. Date: 05/13/1998

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press

More than a series of rites of passage through the landmarks of growing up and growing old, Jewish and Christian life-cycle rituals give the members of each religious tradition theological and ritualized definitions of what a life should be. In this volume, the fourth in the acclaimed series "Two Liturgical Traditions," eight scholars explore the models of human life…  See more details below

Overview

More than a series of rites of passage through the landmarks of growing up and growing old, Jewish and Christian life-cycle rituals give the members of each religious tradition theological and ritualized definitions of what a life should be. In this volume, the fourth in the acclaimed series "Two Liturgical Traditions," eight scholars explore the models of human life implicit in Judaism and Christianity by unraveling and exploring the evolution and current condition of their life-cycle liturgies. The essays presented here emphasize the wholeness of a life as illustrated by the religious metaphors inherent in life-cycle rites. The contributors examine the history and shape of each life-cycle rite - including the rituals and practices associated with birth, adolescence, marriage, sickness, and death - and analyze the theological message that each rite represents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780268013073
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
05/13/1998
Series:
Two Liturgical Traditions Series, #4
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction: Life Cycle as Religious Metaphor1
Christian Rites Related to Birth13
Rituals of Birth in Judaism32
Christian Rites of Adolescence55
Jewish Rites of Adolescence81
Christian Marriage Rituals111
The Jewish Wedding Ceremony129
Christian Rituals Surrounding Sickness154
"Visiting the Sick" and the Deathbed Confession in Judaism173
Christian Rituals Surrounding Death196
Rites of Death and Mourning in Judaism214
Contemporary Challenges to Christian Life-Cycle Ritual240
Contemporary Challenges to Jewish Life-Cycle Ritual262
Conclusion: Life Cycle as Theology286
Contributors295
Index297

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