The Bible and the Liturgy

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The Bible and the Liturgy by Jean Daniélou

Bible_and_Liturgy_square.jpgDANIELOU'S Bible and the Liturgy has been a perennial favorite since Eighth Day’s humble beginning as a four-room bookshop. A quick skim of chapter sixteen even fleshes out the significance of our name, but it’s the premise on which Jean Daniélou builds his “justly famous study” that places this book in the upper echelon of liturgical standards: “Sacramental theology is a biblical theology, and it is this biblical theology which we are to try to recover.” Instead of looking to Hellenistic culture for the origin of the Christian sacraments, Daniélou plumbs the liturgy of Judaism, unveiling a vast tapestry of biblical imagery which constitutes the primitive foundation and true significance of the sacraments in their original institution. Baptism is related to the Israelites crossing the Red Sea and the Eucharist to the sacred meals that symbolize the covenant between the Jewish people and God. The personal theology of the Church Fathers is significant inasmuch as it is witness of the faith of primitive Christianity. Using seminal works of the Church Fathers as his starting point, Daniélou traces the major feasts and sacraments of the Church to their biblical roots, restoring their dynamic meaning and significantly deepening our participation in God’s work.

372 pp. paper $30.00

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