Jewish and Christian Liturgy and Worship

New Insights into its History and Interaction


Presenting new insights into the history and interaction between Jewish and Christian liturgy and worship, the various contributions offer a deeper understanding of the identity of Judaism and Christianity. It addresses issues such as:

– Is the Eucharistic Prayer a ‘Berakha’ and what information is available for the reconstruction of the history of the Jewish ‘Grace after Meals’?
– How does Jewish liturgy rework the Bible, and are Christians and Jews using similar methods when they create liturgical poetry on the basis of a biblical text?
– Which texts of the Cairo Genizah are of direct importance for the history of Christian liturgies, and are Christian creeds in fact Prayers or Hymns?
– What does it mean that both Jews and Christians recite Isaiah's "Holy, Holy, Holy" at important points in their respective liturgies?

Questions like these brought together scholars and specialists from different disciplines to share their recent insights at a conference in Aachen, Germany, and to offer the reader a fascinating discourse on a broad range of aspects of Jewish and Christian liturgies.

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Albert Gerhards (1951) is Professor for Liturgical Studies in Bonn, Germany. His range of publications covers topics pertaining to the major epochs of the history of Christian liturgies as well as liturgical theology, art, music and Jewish-Christian relations.
Clemens Leonhard (1967) is Professor for Liturgical Studies in Münster, Germany, and is involved in projects related to the liturgy and thought of Christianity and Judaism in Late Antiquity.
"This collection of essays... represents some of the best international scholarship on Jewish and early Christian Liturgy, especially in ecumenical dialogue with eachother. [...] excellent editorial work of Albert Gerhards and Clemens Leonhard. [...] This volume is an incredible piece of scholarship." – Maxwell E. Johnson, University of Notre Dame, in: Worship 83/6 (November 2009)
All those interested in the history of Jewish and Christian liturgies and worship in the first millennium, Jewish liturgical poetry, and scientific approaches to Jewish-Christian dialogue.