Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

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General Editors: David G. Hunter, Boston College, United States, Paul J.J. van Geest, Tilburg University, Netherlands, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity focuses on the history of early Christian texts, authors, ideas. Its content is intended to bridge the gap between the fields of New Testament studies and patristics, covering the whole period of early Christianity up to 600 CE. The BEEC aims to provide a critical review of the methods used in Early Christian Studies and to update the historiography.

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Liber diurnus

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Author(s): Kalb, Herbert
The so-called Liber diurnus Romanorum pontificum contained in the Collectio Canonum and in the Libellus contra invasores et symoniacos et reliquos scismaticos by Cardinal Deusdedit (d. 1098/1099 CE) is the oldest collection of formulae of papal documents and one of “the most contested sources of the early Middle Ages” (Kortüm, 1942). The controversies center on the date and time of its origin, its structural composition, its character, and the collection’s structure as well as on the extent and intensity of the formula’s use.Manuscript/EditionThe Liber diurnus Romanorum Pontif…
Date: 2020-12-17


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Author(s): Elowsky, Joel
Ancient historians and church fathers alike referred to ancient Libya as one of the three continents of the world, along with Europe and Asia (world map of Anaximander of Miletus (d. 545 CE); Hdt. 2.10; Plin. Nat. 5.1; Or. Cels. 8.72; Eus. Vita Const. 3.7; Thdt. Hist. eccl. 1.25.12; 5.1.2). Its territory covered most of what today we would call the continent of North-Africa. By the time of the Christian era it included the Mediterranean coastal area between Egypt (the Great Cataract, Catabathmus Magnus) and the Great Sirte, made up of Cyrenaica in the west and, later, Marmaric…
Date: 2020-12-17

Liturgical Language

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Author(s): Lang, Uwe Michael
Liturgical language is distinguished from other forms of Christian discourse by employing linguistic registers that express the community of faith’s relation to the transcendent in forms of praise, thanksgiving, supplication, intercession, and sacramental participation (see the collected works of Mohrmann, 1961–1977, and, from a sociolinguistic perspective, Crystal, 1990). The use of language in liturgy shows general characteristics that, to a varying degree, set it apart from everyday parlance:…
Date: 2020-12-17