Imagery of Early Christian Rituals in the Greek Physiologus

Garský, Zbyněk (7 July 2014). Imagery of Early Christian Rituals in the Greek Physiologus (Unpublished). In: International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). Wien. 06.–10.07. 2014.

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The paper focuses on the imagery of early Christian rituals (esp. of the eucharist and baptism) as they are found in allegorical interpretations of beasts in the Greek Physiologus and trace the way of selected motifs from the New Testament to this first Christian interpretation of nature in context of early Christian literature and theology. A special attention is given to the pelican, which is one of the most famous symbols of the eucharist, and to impressive baptismal imageries in the chapter on the eagle, on the snake and in some other chapters. The aim of the analysis is to explore the theological roots of the ritual imagery of Physiologus and to show that this work of early Egyptian Christianity is anything but 'unsakramental' as argued by E. Peterson (1959).

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01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology [discontinued] > Institute of Biblical Studies [discontinued] > New Testament [discontinued]

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Kindschi Garský, Zbynek


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[4] Swiss National Science Foundation


[213] Das ‹Evangelium der Natur›: Der griechische Physiologus und die Wurzeln der frühchristlichen Naturdeutung Official URL




Zbynek Kindschi Garský

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12 Sep 2014 08:57

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02 Mar 2023 23:25

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