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Educating People of Faith : Exploring the History of Jewish and Christian Communities :  Exploring the History of Jewish and Christian Communities - John H. van Engen

Educating People of Faith : Exploring the History of Jewish and Christian Communities

Exploring the History of Jewish and Christian Communities

Paperback Published: November 2003
ISBN: 9780802849366
Number Of Pages: 352

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A much-needed addition to the emerging literature on the formative power of religious practices, "Educating People of Faith" creates a vivid portrait of the lived practices that shaped the faith of Jews and Christians in synagogues and churches from antiquity up to the seventeenth century.

This significant book is the work of Jewish, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant scholars who wished to discover and describe how Jews and Christians through history have been formed in religious ways of thinking and acting. Rather than focusing solely on either intellectual or social life, the authors all use the concept of practices as they attend to the embodied, contextual character of religious formation. Their studies of religious figures, community life, and traditional practices such as preaching, sacraments, and catechesis are colorful, detailed, and revealing. The authors are also careful to cover the nature of religious education across all social levels, from the textual formation of highly literate rabbis and monks engaged in Scripture study to the local formation of illiterate medieval Christians for whom the veneration of saints' shrines, street performances of religious dramas, and public preaching by wandering preachers were profoundly formative.

"Educating People of Faith" will benefit scholars and teachers desiring a fuller perspective on how lived practices have historically formed people in religious faith. It will also be useful to practical theologians and pastors who wish to make the resources of the past available to practitioners in the present.

Contributors: John C. Cavadini
Anne L. Clark
Lawrence S. Cunningham
Joseph Goering
Stanley Samuel Harakas
Robert M. Kingdon
Blake Leyerle
Michael A. Signer
Philip M. Soergel
David C. Steinmetz
John Van Engen
Lee Palmer Wandel
Robert Louis Wilken
Elliot R. Wolfson

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Introduction: Formative Religious Practices in Premodern European Lifep. 1
Early Synagogue and Church
Religious Formation in Ancient Judaismp. 29
Christian Formation in the Early Churchp. 48
Simplifying Augustinep. 63
Monastic Formation and Christian Practice: Food in the Desertp. 85
The Middle Ages
Faith Formation in Byzantiump. 115
Community and Education in Premodern Judaismp. 132
Practice beyond the Confines of the Medieval Parishp. 150
Orality, Textuality, and Revelation as Modes of Education and Formation in Jewish Mystical Circles of the High Middle Agesp. 178
The Thirteenth-Century English Parishp. 208
The Cult of the Virgin Mary and Technologies of Christian Formation in the Later Middle Agesp. 223
The Reformation Era
Luther and Formation in Faithp. 253
Zwingli and Reformed Practicep. 270
Catechesis in Calvin's Genevap. 294
Ritual and Faith Formation in Early Modern Catholic Europep. 314
Spiritual Direction as Christian Pedagogyp. 330
List of Contributorsp. 351
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ISBN: 9780802849366
ISBN-10: 0802849369
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: November 2003
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.9  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53