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Through Their Own Eyes: Liturgy as the Byzantines Saw It Paperback – June 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: InterOrthodox Press (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932401067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932401066
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,240,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Robert F. Taft, S.J. was Professor of Oriental Liturgy at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome (1970-2002), where he also served as Prefect of the Library (1981-85), and Vice-Rector of the Institute (1995-2001). In addition, he has been Visiting Professor of Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame since 1974, and was Director of the Graduate Program in Liturgical Studies there in 1977-79. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Orientalia Christian Periodica and is presently Director of Publications at the Pontifical Oriental Institute. He has published hundreds of articles and, at last count, he has written and edited thirty-five books.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Gilligan on March 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
As always, Father Taft is both authoritative and fascinating. As all scholars of Byzantine liturgy agree, he has a thorough command of the sources, in the original languages. See, for example, his excellent work on the <a href="[...]">Liturgy of the Hours</a>. His documentation, where needed, is remarkably extensive. Don't argue with him that receiving Communion in the hand is not an ancient practice! He provides a page and a half of references on this single point. His approach in this book (liturgy from the viewpoint of the common man or woman) is relatively new, both for him and for us. As he points out, however, through this method of study, fresh insights abound. Besides, he has an excellent command of the language, with a delightful style of conveying his message. (With regard to Church leaders, he says, "Would that some current would be running through the bulb," or something equivalent.) Point well taken, like so many others. Read this book! You won't regret it.

--Michael Gilligan, Ph.D.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Hiller on May 2, 2008
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Robert Taft's "Through Their Eyes", a review of Byzantine Liturgy, might seem to have an audience limited to those fascinated by Christian liturgy or human rituals in general. This volume, a series of lectures given earlier, discusses in minute detail every aspect of the Byzantine Rite. Of more general interest, however, are the glimpses into every day life that surrounded the cultic life in Constantinople. This is an excellent accompaniment to "Sailing from Byzantium" another good look at Byzantine life and how it shaped the Renaissance, Islam, and Russia. Sailing from Byzantium: How a Lost Empire Shaped the World
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Francis L. Mayer on July 14, 2007
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This history is a very well done and focused work. I would recommend it to those who enjoy really learning about a very significant element of Byzantine History; The Liturgy.
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