Early Byzantine Christian Church Paperback

An Archaeological Re-Assessment of Forty-Seven Early Byzantine Basilical Church Excavations Primarily in Israel and Jordan, and Their Historical and Liturgical Context

by Bernard Mulholland;

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Early Byzantine Christian Church

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The observation that domestic artefacts are often recovered during church excavations led to an archaeological re-assessment of forty-seven Early Byzantine basilical church excavations and their historical, gender and liturgical context. The excavations were restricted to the three most common basilical church plans to allow for like-for-like analysis between sites that share the same plan: monoapsidal, inscribed and triapsidal. These sites were later found to have two distinct sanctuary configurations, namely a P-shaped sanctuary in front of the apse, or else a sanctuary that extended across both side aisles that often formed a characteristic T-shaped layout. Further analysis indicated that P-shaped sanctuaries are found in two church plans: firstly a protruding monoapsidal plan that characteristically has a major entrance located to either side of the apse, which is also referred to as a 'Constantinopolitan' church plan; and secondly in the inscribed plan, which is also referred to as a 'Syrian' church plan. The T-shaped layout is characteristic of the triapsidal plan, but can also occur in a monoapsidal plan, and this is referred to as a 'Roman' church plan.
Detailed analysis of inscriptions and patterns of artefactual deposition also revealed the probable location of the diakonikon where the rite of prothesis took place.

Early Byzantine Christian Church by Bernard Mulholland was published by Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften in February 2014. The ISBN for Early Byzantine Christian Church is 9783034317092.

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Page last updated 16th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (February 2014)
Edition1st New edition
Number of Pages229
Thickness18 mm
Height225 mm
Width150 mm
Product Code4277740
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