Ptarmigan Foundation Series on Early Christianity and the Ancient World
"The Missing Sacrament: Foot-washing, Gender and the Invention of Christian Liturgy”
McGowan is Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and McFaddin Professor of Anglican Studies at Yale Divinity School. His work considers early Christian thought and practice, including ritual, and with particular focus on Christianity in Roman Africa. His re-description of early eucharistic practice in relation to ancient food and meals is found in Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals (Oxford, 1999) and in subsequent articles. In his most recent book, Ancient Christian Worship (Baker Academic, 2014) he seeks to provide a revised overview of discursive and ritual practice in the ancient Church, including use of music and speech as well as sacramental action.
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