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Educating People of Faith: Exploring the History of Jewish and Christian Communities (John Van Engen) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2004) 9780802849366
Educating People of Faith: Exploring the History of Jewish and Christian Communities (John Van Engen) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2004) 9780802849366
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Title: Educating People of Faith: Exploring the History of Jewish and Christian Communities

Author: Engen, John Van

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2004

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802849366

Volumes: 1; Pages: 366

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Foreword by Dorothy C. BassA 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.ContentsForewordDorothy C. BassAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Formative Religious Practices in Premodern European LifeJohn Van EngenEARLY SYNAGOGUE AND CHURCHReligious Formation in Ancient JudaismRobert GoldenbergChristian Formation in the Early ChurchRobert Louis WilkenSimplifying AugustineJohn C. CavadiniMonastic Formation and Christian Practice: Food in the DesertBlake LeyerleTHE MIDDLE AGESFaith ormation in ByzantiumStanley Samuel HarakasCommunity and Education in Premodern JudaismMichael A. SignerPractice beyond the Confines of the Medieval ParishJohn Van EngenOrality, Textuality, and Revelation as Modes of Education and Formation in Jewish Mystical Circles of the High Middle AgesElliot R. WolfsonThe Thirteenth-Century English ParishJoseph GoeringThe Cult of the Virgin Mary and Technologies of Christian Formation in the Later Middle AgesAnne L. ClarkTHE REFORMATION ERALuther and Formation in FaithDavid C. SteinmetzZwingli and Reformed PracticeLee Palmer WandelCatechesis in Calvin's GenevaRobert M. KingdonRitual and Faith Formation in Early Modern Catholic EuropePhilip M. SoergelSpiritual Direction as Christian PedagogyLawrence S. CunninghamList of Contributors
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