Prayer and worship in Eastern Christianities, 5th to 11th centuries

Bruria Bitton-Ashkelony (Editor), Derek Krueger (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportBook


This volume forges a new conversation about the diversity of Christianities in the medieval eastern Mediterranean, centered on the history of practice, looking at liturgy, performance, prayer, poetry, and the material culture of worship. It studies prayer and worship in the variety of Christian communities that thrived from late antiquity to the middle ages: Byzantine Orthodoxy, Syrian Orthodoxy, and the Church of the East. Rather than focusing on doctrinal differences and analyzing divergent patterns of thought, the essays address common patterns of worship, individual and collective prayer, hymnography and liturgy, as well as the indigenous theories that undergirded Christian practices. The volume intervenes in standard academic discourses about Christian difference with an exploration of common patterns of celebration, commemoration, and self-discipline. Essays by both established and promising, younger scholars interrogate elements of continuity and change over time - before and after the rise of Islam, both under the control of the Eastern Roman Empire and in the lands of successive caliphates. Groups distinct in their allegiances nevertheless shared a common religious heritage and recognized each other - even in their differences - as kinds of Christianity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon; New York, NY
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages312
EditionFirst [edition]
ISBN (Electronic)1315601974, 1317076419, 1472465687, 9781315601977, 9781472465689
ISBN (Print)1472465687, 9781472465689
StatePublished - 2017


Dive into the research topics of 'Prayer and worship in Eastern Christianities, 5th to 11th centuries'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this