The Sanctus in the Eucharistic Prayer (Paperback)
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The Sanctus in the Eucharistic Prayer (Paperback)

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Paperback 276 Pages / Published: 18/07/2002
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The sanctus (the 'thrice holy'of Isaiah 6.3) is found in nearly all ancient and modern eucharistic prayer. Its origin as a constituent element in this prayer is one of the unsolved mysteries of Christian liturgy, and the author of this study puts forward a comprehensive investigation into its background and sources. In making his enquiry, Dr Spinks shows that earliest attestations of its use derive from Syria and Palestine. This evidence is then matched against current theories of the origin of the eucharistic prayer, which leads the author to state his theories about the likely origin of the sanctus, and the implications this has for theories of anaphoral evolution. The use of the sanctus from the seventh century through to the present is described, a survey which takes note of the innovatory uses of Cranmer and Luther, and which places the study of the sanctus in a wide theological context.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521526623
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Spinks has given us a work of immense erudition. His knowledge of primary sources and secondary literature is wide and deep. A great collection of detail is presented without losing the larger picture. Any student of the liturgy, or of the history of the church, will gain much from a careful reading of this work. I doubt that this volume will be equaled on its subject at any point soon. It will quickly takes its place as a standard on the topic." Church History
"This is a work of careful, sensitive and mature scholarship that is sure to be a standard resource for years to come." Thomas J. Talley, Worship
"...thoroughly-researched [and] carefully crafted..." Religious Studies Review

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