The Ancient Traditions of the Virgin Mary's Dormition and by Stephen J. Shoemaker

By Stephen J. Shoemaker

The traditional Dormition and Assumption traditions are a set of over 60 assorted narratives, preserved in nine historical languages, that remember the tip of the Virgin Mary's existence. This research goals to make this assortment extra available by way of examining the liturgical, archaeological, and narrative resources of the earliest traditions of Mary's dying. numerous of crucial narratives look the following in English for the 1st time.

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K’larjuli mravaltavi [The Klardjeti Homiliary]), Zveli kartuli mcerlobis zeglebi, 12 (Tbilisi: ‘Metsnieba’, 1991), 420–5. Coptic fragments: E. , Évangile des douze apôtres, PO 2. 2 (Paris: Librairie de Paris/Firmin-Didot et Cie, 1907), 174–83. Other Coptic fragments have recently been published by Philip Sellew, ‘An Early Coptic Witness to the Dormitio Mariae at Yale: P. CtYBR inv. 1788 Revisited’, Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, 37 (2000), 37–69. A preliminary edition was made by Leslie S.

Mimouni proposes in his study to confirm this theory with the ‘objective’ testimony of liturgical history and archaeology, but as we shall see in subsequent chapters, these phenomena in no way afford the support that Mimouni claims, and the sort of linear, successive development that Mimouni and others have supposed is not at all indicated by the earliest traditions, which, on the contrary, testify against it. Despite his occasional criticisms of the dogmatic prejudices guiding many previous scholars, Mimouni’s work is without doubt the most theologically oriented study yet to have appeared.

In the light of such ²² A good explanation of this dogmatic reasoning is to be found in Caspar Friethoff, OP, ‘The Dogmatic Definition of the Assumption’, The Thomist, 14 (1951), 41–58, esp. 42–3. See also Duggan, ‘Assumption Dogma’, 13. ²³ Germanus of Constantinople, Homily on the Dormition II [or. 8] (PG 98. 361C). This and all other translations are, unless otherwise specified, my own. See also John of Damascus: ‘How shall the realm of death receive her? How shall corruption dare to assault that body once filled with life?

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