Why We Sing: Music, Word, and Liturgy in Early Christianity

Essays in Honour of Anders Ekenberg’s 75th Birthday


In a seminal study, Cur cantatur?, Anders Ekenberg examined Carolingian sources for explanations of why the liturgy was sung, rather than spoken. This multidisciplinary volume takes up Ekenberg’s question anew, investigating the interplay of New Testament writings, sacred spaces, biblical interpretation, and reception history of liturgical practices and traditions. Analyses of Greek, Latin, Coptic, Arabic, and Gǝʿǝz sources, as well as of archaeological and epigraphic evidence, illuminate an array of topics, including recent trends in liturgical studies; manuscript variants and liturgical praxis; Ignatius of Antioch’s choral metaphor; baptism in ancient Christian apocrypha; and the significance of late ancient altar veils.

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Carl Johan Berglund, Ph.D. (2019), Uppsala University, currently Postdoctoral fellow at Åbo Akademy University, Finland, has published Origen’s References to Heracleon (Mohr Siebeck, 2020) and numerous articles examining early Christian narratives in the light of ancient literary criticism. Barbara Crostini, D.Phil. (1998), Oxford University, Senior lecturer in church history, art history, and cultural studies at the Newman Institute, Uppsala, works on Byzantine Christianity. She has edited volumes on biblical reception, Greek monasticism, and catenae to the Greek Psalter. James A. Kelhoffer, Ph.D. (1999), University of Chicago, professor of New Testament at Uppsala University, has published monographs on Mark 16:9–20, the diet of John the Baptist, persecution in the New Testament, and constructions of legitimacy in early Christianity.
This volume is aimed at scholars, post-graduate students, and institutional libraries, and is of particular interest to scholars of the New Testament, late ancient Christianity, church history, and liturgical theology.
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