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Walking Where Jesus Walked: Worship in Fourth-Century Jerusalem
Ruth, Lester, Carrie Steenwyk and John D. Witvliet

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010 pp. xi + 160. $23.00


Description: Seeking to tell worship history in the same way it is usually experienced, Walking Where Jesus Walked is a document-rich snapshot of the church in Jerusalem in the late fourth century. / Here the reader journeys with a woman visiting Jerusalem as the highlight of a Holy Land pilgrimage in the last part of the fourth century. As she marvels at the new churches built at so many sites associated with Jesus Christ, she notes how remembrance shaped by Scripture and fitting to the time and place serves as the bedrock for this churchís worship. Ruth helps todayís reader hear the preaching which caused shouts of delight at the tomb of Christ, know the readings which lead the congregation to weep in the shadow of Calvary, and see the new buildings which sought to manifest Godís glory at the places where Jesus had walked, died, and risen from the grave. / By pairing contemporary descriptions, artistic portrayals, and worship texts with various commentaries to guide readers, this first in a series of case studies of particular worshiping communities from around the world and throughout Christian liturgical history aims to allow a worshiper today to think concretely and contextually about some of the continually important issues for Christian worship.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins

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Review by Amy Donaldson
Published 1/9/2013
Citation: Amy Donaldson, review of Lester Ruth, Carrie Steenwyk, and John D. Witvliet, Walking Where Jesus Walked: Worship in Fourth-Century Jerusalem, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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