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Bibil Identifier bibil:233861
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Origin of the Post-Nativity Commemorations
Author Mendez, Hugo
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 68, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 290-309 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract On a number of fourth and fifth century calendars, a block of feasts commemorating Stephen, James, John, Peter, and Paul immediately follows 25 December. Contemporary studies have lost sight of the rationale for its position. This paper defends a proposal of Hans Lietzmann and suggests that the community that created the block recognized Christmas as the starting point of the sanctoral cycle. This community elected to place the memorials of Christianity’s earliest confessors at the head of this annual order, symbolizing their historical priority over other martyrs. Stephen occupied the first of these dates precisely so his commemoration could precede that of every other confessor on the calendar, a position that illustrates the intensity of his cult in the late fourth-fifth centuries. The study proceeds to develop this insight into a framework capable of explaining similar commemorations on other early Christian calendars.
DOI 10.1163/15700720-12341169
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Liturgy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Hagiography
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Calendar
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Martyrdom
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Stephan
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Peter
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Paul
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : James, Brother of the Lord
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : John
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Christology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Periods : Fourth Century
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Periods : Fifth Century
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