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Joint Liturgical Studies 91: The Apostolic Tradition Reconstructed

A Text for Students

Joint Liturgical Studies 91: The Apostolic Tradition Reconstructed

A Text for Students

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Publisher: Joint Liturgical Studies
ISBN: 9780334031666
Published: 10/05/2021

This reconstruction of the anonymous and untitled ancient church order that was formerly imagined to have been the Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus is distinctive from other modern editions of it in two ways. First, it  draws  on  an  early  Ethiopic  translation  of  the  missing  original  Greek  text  that  was  only  published  in  full  as  recently  as  2011  by  Alessandro  Bausi  and,  except  where  there  is  a  surviving  passage  in  Greek,  employs  it  exclusively to fill in the gaps in the incomplete early Latin version, rather than the much later Coptic, Arabic, and  Ethiopic  translations  that  had  to  be  used  prior  to  that.  This  has  resulted  in  some  significantly  different  readings. Secondly, it displays what are judged to have been successive chronological layers within the church order  in  a  more  visual  manner  by  the  use  of  distinctive  typefaces  for  each  of  these  strata  from  the  second  century  to  the  early  part  of  the  fourth  century,  and  it  accompanies  the  translation  with  explanatory  notes  designed to help the newcomer understand better the evolution of the text.

Paul F. Bradshaw

Born in England in 1945, Paul Bradshaw was Professor of Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame from 1985 until his retirement in 2013. His research has specialized in early Christian worship, and he has written or edited more than thirty books and over 130 articles. He was also editor-in-chief of Studia Liturgica from 1987 to 2005, and is a former President of the North American Academy of Liturgy and of the international Societas Liturgica.

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