A History of Prayer: The First to the Fifteenth Century by Roy Hammerling

By Roy Hammerling

'Prayer is genuine religion,' stated Auguste Sabatier. if that is so, the tutorial research of prayer permits students to check the very center of non secular practices, ideals, and convictions. considering prayers exist in a large choice of content material, contexts, kinds, and practices, a finished method of the research of prayer is needed.

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The places where the postured devotees offered their heartfelt entreaties (in a church or chapel, in one’s bedroom or closet, in a monastic cell, in the wilderness or desert, or standing up to one’s neck in ice cold ocean water as some Celtic monks were want to do) also affect how scholars analyze certain prayers. Prayerful Good Deeds Prayers were often considered to be the greatest good and most worthy works religious people were able to offer up to God. Clement of Alexandria (c. 3). Tertullian (c.

In any case, by looking at them collectively they present a helpful addition to scholarship on prayer. The articles themselves can be grouped under the following thematic headings and a few broad general comments can be made. Prayer in the Context of Historical Periods Some articles in this volume use as their organizing principle, and means of narrowing the subject matter to a manageable size, prayers within a designated and therefore limited historical period. ” Karlfried Froehlich, an historical theologian and expert in classical languages, in his classic article “The Lord’s Prayer in Patristic Literature,” besides picking an era also narrows his research thematically as his title suggests.

Some even helped people locate Sunday, what day the moon would be full, when Easter would be, one’s zodiac sign, and even more. The books were also geographically specific and intended to include the local saints of a particular area like London, Paris, or Rome for example. But perhaps most important of all, Books of Hours, says Wieck, remind modern scholars how people read the scriptures during the middle ages. Not only did they read them for the stories, for the content, the morals, and instructions concerning life, but they read them to pray them.

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