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Michael Peppard offers a old and theological reassessment of the oldest Christian development ever found, the third-century house-church at Dura-Europos. opposite to in general held assumptions approximately Christian initiation, Peppard contends that rituals right here didn't essentially embrace notions of demise and resurrection. really, he portrays the motifs of the church’s wall work as these of empowerment, therapeutic, marriage, and incarnation, whereas boldly reidentifying the determine of a lady previously believed to be a repentant sinner because the Virgin Mary. This richly illustrated quantity is a step forward paintings that reinforces our figuring out of early Christianity on the nexus of Bible, paintings, and ritual.

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