The Christian Liturgical Papyri: An Introduction
Mihálykó, Ágnes T.
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019 pp. xv + 451. $125.00
Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum, 114
Description: Liturgical papyri are prime witnesses to the history of liturgy and the religious and theological currents in late antique Egypt. These items from the third to ninth century preserve hundreds of Greek and Coptic hymns, prayers, and acclamations, most otherwise unknown but some still recited by the Coptic Church. Agnes T. Mihalyko offers the first extensive introduction to the liturgical papyri, facilitating the reader's access to them with a detailed inventory of edited manuscripts and an extensive discussion of their date and provenance. She also examines liturgical papyri as the first preserved liturgical manuscripts, describing their material features, the ways they were used, the early history of the liturgical books, and their languages. She reveals how liturgical texts were written down and transmitted and locates these important manuscripts in the book culture of late antique Egypt.
Subjects: Ancient Near East, Egyptian Literature, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism, Archaeology
Review by Jade Weimer
Citation: Jade Weimer, review of Ágnes T. Mihálykó, The Christian Liturgical Papyri: An Introduction, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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