The Oxford History of Christian Worship

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The Oxford History of Christian Worship is a comprehensive and authoritative history of the origins and development of Christian worship to the present day. Backed by an international roster of experts as contributors, this new book will examine the liturgical traditions of Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant, and Pentecostal traditions throughout history and across the world. With 240 photographs and 10 maps, the full geographical spread of Christianity is covered, including Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, East Asia, and the Pacific. Following contemporary trends in scholarship, it will cover social and cultural contexts, material culture and the arts.

Written to be accessible to the educated layperson, this unique and beautiful volume will also appeal to clergy and liturgists and more generally to students and scholars of the liturgy, Christian theology, church history, and world history.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A masterful work that is both ecumenical and international in scope and content. There is no other work in English comparable to this volume." --Catholic Library World

Library Journal
In this volume, editors Wainwright (Christian theology, Duke Divinity Sch.; Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine, and Life), an ordained minister of the British Methodist Church, and Tucker (worship, Boston Univ. Sch. of Theology; American Methodist Worship), an ordained United Methodist minister, cover Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, Protestant, and Pentecostal worship from Christianity's beginnings to the present in 34 chapters written by 38 international and ecumenical contributors (including the two editors). The chapters focus on various time periods, geographical areas, and ecclesiastical traditions (e.g., Mennonites, Baptists in Britain, mainline Protestants in Latin America) as well as on spatial setting, visual arts, vestments, women in worship, and ecumenical convergence. As a whole, the volume presents an amazingly comprehensive view of Christian worship in at least the major parts of all populated continents, with a focus on the Sunday service in congregational settings, special feast-day observances, sacramental rites, pastoral offices, and regular prayer offices (though monastic prayer also receives discussion). Very good indexing also makes this a useful reference work excellent for study. Essential for seminary and academic libraries. Recommended for public libraries.-Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Univ., Farmville, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195138863
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/8/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 960
  • Sales rank: 421,946
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Wainwright is an ordained minister of the British Methodist Church, in addition to being the Cushman Professor of Christian Theology at Duke University Divinity School. He is the author of Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine, and Life (Oxford, 1980), coeditor of The Study of Liturgy (revised edition, Oxford and SPCK, 1992).

Karen Westerfield Tucker is a United Methodist elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, Professor of Worship at Boston University School of Theology, and Chair of the Worship and Liturgy Committee for the World Methodist Council. She is also Assistant Editor of Studia Liturgica journal.

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Table of Contents

1 Christian worship : scriptural basis and theological frame 1
2 The apostolic tradition 32
3 The empire baptized 77
4 The ancient Oriental churches 131
Excursus : the Maronites 170
5 The conversion of the nations 175
6 Western Christendom 216
7 Byzantine and Slavic Orthodoxy 254
8 Reforms, Protestant and Catholic 307
9 The age of revolutions 351
10 The Lutheran tradition in the German lands 395
11 The Lutheran tradition in Scandinavia 422
12 The Reformed tradition in continental Europe : Switzerland, France, and Germany 436
13 The Reformed tradition in the Netherlands 463
14 The Reformed tradition in Scotland 473
15 The Reformed tradition in Korea 484
16 Anglicans and dissenters 492
17 The church of South India 534
18 The uniting church in Australia 541
19 Mennonites 545
20 Baptists in Britain 560
21 Pentecostal and charismatic worship 574
22 North America 586
23 Roman Catholics in Hispanic America 633
24 Mainline Protestants in Latin America 651
25 Mission and inculturation : East Asia and the Pacific 661
26 Mission and inculturation : Africa 678
27 The liturgical movement and Catholic ritual revision 696
28 Ecumenical convergences 721
29 Women in worship 755
30 Liturgical music 769
31 The spatial setting 793
32 Visual arts 817
33 Vestments and objects 841
34 Retrospect and prospect 858
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2006

    A Book You Must Have

    A geographically and ecumenically comprehensive work that concerns itself not only with the past and the present, but also with projections for liturgical developments of the future. A necessary addition to the collection of anyone who is concerned with worship. Readers interested in the development of Catholic Liturgy in the Hispanic American mainland will find the article by Jaime Lara particularly useful.

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