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Derek Krueger
University of North Carolina, Greensboro (Greensboro, NC 27412-5068)
The Liturgical Formation of Identity in Byzantium from the Sixth to the Ninth Century

Between late antiquity and medieval Byzantium, Christian liturgists disseminated and laity adopted new patterns of worship that constructed a distinctly Byzantine conscience. The changing shape of the eucharistic rite, the composition of hymns for vigils and festivals, and the rise of the cult of images heightened a correspondence between liturgical action and biblical narratives. Biblical and saintly figures served as exemplars against which lay Christians judged themselves. Both icons and consecrated bread showed worshippers how Christ regarded them as subjects of divine judgment and mercy. This project examines how religions form identity in a critical but understudied period in the development of Eastern Orthodoxy.

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Project fields:
Religion, General

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2007 – 7/31/2008