Edited by Paul F. Bradshaw and Lawrence A. Hoffman
More than a series of rites of passage through the landmarks of growing up and growing old, Jewish and Christian life-cycle rituals give the members of each religious tradition theological and ritualized definitions of what a life should be. In this volume, the fourth in the acclaimed series Two Liturgical Traditions, eight scholars explore the models of human life implicit in Judaism and Christianity by unraveling and exploring the evolution and current condition of their life-cycle liturgies.
By combining the historical-critical method of traditional scholarship with that of more recent theory drawn from the human sciences, Life Cycles in Jewish and Christian Worship provides a novel treatment of Jewish and Christian life cycles, past and present, and is a unique and invaluable guide to the history, practice, and theology of life-cycle liturgy.
Contributors: Lawrence A. Hoffman, Paul F. Bradshaw, Ruth A. Meyers, Debra R. Blank, Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, Stacy Laveson, Marjorie Procter-Smith, and Yoel Kahn.
“For those new to the book’s subject matter, this collection of essays gives an excellent basis for developing the subject and will entice the reader to further research.” — The Heythrop Journal
“An excellent ecumenical introduction to the subject.” — WorshipNet