First published in 2003 this is a new edition of a work that remains the only study of the nave platform known as the Syrian Bema to utilise an interdisciplinary approach. By combining archaeological and architectural research with a study of the Syriac Liturgy to explore how worship evolved on the Syrian Limestone Massif in Late Antiquity, this volume proposes a solution to the long debated question of why only approximately 50 of these bemata have been discovered amongst many thousands of late antique churches in Syria.
It charts the evolution of the early liturgy in Syria and seeks to explain how the location of the Limestone Massif in the hinterland of Antioch may have affected the development of worship in the region.
About the Author
Emma Loosley, Ph.D (2001), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. She has published monographs, edited volumes and a variety of articles on many issues relating to Eastern Christianity and Christian-Muslim Relations.
Table of Contents
List of Photographs xi
1 The Archaeological Evidence and its Implications 17
2 Interpreting the Written Sources 57
3 The Syrian Liturgy with Reference to the Bema 79
1 List of the Bema Churches 121
2 The Dating of the Bema Churches 125
3 The Distribution Pattern of Bemata: Neighbouring Villages, the Age of Churches with Bemata, the Age of Stone Bemata 127
1 Resafa Pilgrimage 129
2 Catalogue of Photographs 131