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Liturgical rites are usually discussed either as texts or as performances. This book urges an approach which considers text and performance as inseparable entities. Using the resources of philosophical hermeneutics, it explores Anglican eucharistic, baptismal and burial orders, showing how the textually enshrined promise of the Kingdom of God is renewed at each performance of the rite. It is this promise which the act of worship invites participants to appropriate for themselves. The encounter between text and perfomance opens up questions of language and subjectivity, and suggests that at its best, liturgy could provide a model for secular cultural practices which share its concerns.
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The Author: Bridget Nichols was born in Johannesburg in 1963. She studied English and Classics at Cape Town University and followed this with research in English literature at the University of the Witwatersrand. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Durham.Review:
«We have been led to an important milestone in the exploration of liturgical hermeneutics.» (Gordon Jeanes, Literature and Theology)
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Book Description Peter Lang AG, 1996. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG3631494645