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Bible And The Liturgy: Theology Paperback – Oct 30 1973

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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1 edition (Oct. 30 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268003734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268003739
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98c077c8) out of 5 stars Understand the biblical roots of the liturgy! Nov. 12 2008
By Eric Sammons - Published on
Format: Paperback
Over the past 40 years, there has been a revival within the Catholic Church recognizing the biblical roots of the liturgy. Figures such as Scott Hahn have led the way for Catholics - and non-Catholics - to understand the deep Scriptural basis for the various liturgies within the Church, especially the Mass. Fr. Jean Danielou was the forerunner of this revival, and this book, "The Bible and the Liturgy" is one of the foundational stones of this edifice.

Fr. Danielou, who was made a Cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1969, was a major figure in the "resourcement" movement in the Catholic Church leading to Vatican II. This movement desired to "return to the sources" for understanding all aspects of Catholic theology including the liturgy; the sources they wished to return to were primarily the writings of Scripture and the Church Fathers. This book, originally written in 1956, is a splendid fruit of this movement, as Fr. Danielou explores the biblical roots of the liturgy as understood by the Church Fathers. The book primarily focuses on the three sacraments of initiation: baptism, confirmation, and the Eucharist, and follows the development of the rites of these three sacraments, from their biblical roots to their practice in the first five centuries of Christianity. But where this book really shines is in its analysis of the Sabbath and its successor, the Lord's Day. Fr. Danielou explores the various images the Fathers used to explain the transfer of the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday, the "Eighth Day." This is theology that is often forgotten today, but it has a very practical application in helping Christians today to set aside a day for the worship of the Lord.

This is a book that can be read again and again to much profit. The University of Notre Dame Press is to be commended for republishing this classic of liturgical theology.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98c0781c) out of 5 stars The classic study on Biblical typology in sacramental liturgy Nov. 7 2013
By Transcendental Thomist - Published on
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This book by a Jesuit priest and scripture scholar, a.k.a. Cardinal Jean Danielou of the Roman Catholic Church, is a classic study in typology. Typology, a Christian theological method that usually studies how Old Testament texts prefigure the faith of Jesus Christ, dates to the early Church Fathers. Danielou puts a unique twist on it here, studying the Biblical typology that appears in the liturgies of the Christian sacraments, specifically the three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Citing a wealth of patristic sources, he shows how liturgical symbols like the waters of baptism find their type in OT stories like the crossing of the Red Sea. It's a very dense book, being more academic than popular, and I wouldn't recommend trying to breeze through it. I spent several months on it and set it aside to finish at a later date. But if you're serious about this sort of thing, it's really the last word on this particular topic, offering a 1950s foreshadowing of the renewed emphasis on liturgical symbolism that flourished in Catholic theology after the Second Vatican Council. Kudos to Notre Dame University and its "Christian Classics" imprint for reprinting this text.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98c07af8) out of 5 stars Amazing text June 19 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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This is one of those texts on the liturgy that every MA Catholic theology student will want to own a copy of, along with Vagaggini and Pope Benedict XVI. While sellers here have the book at an extraordinary cost, it is available from the Franciscan University of Steubenville bookstore [...] for $25.95 (retail). I secured a new copy through their bookstore this week. As far as I can tell it is out of print now though (unavailable through Notre Dame, the publisher).
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98c09030) out of 5 stars Danielou is great at $24 Sept. 27 2008
By Pet Rock 235 - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's a wonderful book for reading about symbols in the liturgy, for example the shining robe. This book was offered new on Amazon at $24, then it said out of stock, and now the only listings are for used books at higher prices. It is still listed on University of Notre Dame Press web site at $24 but that shows the 1956 edition.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98c09048) out of 5 stars A Wonderful read on the Church's liturgy. July 20 2015
By Edward Haessig - Published on
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Wonderful exposition on the Liturgy. The fullness of the sign value in the liturgy is expounded on through the Biblical and Sacramental typology. Also drawing from the Early Church Fathers we see the full expression of this in the early church's art, architecture and celebration of the sacraments.