Dumbarton Oaks Papers 56 by Dumbarton Oaks

By Dumbarton Oaks

The once a year magazine Dumbarton Oaks Papers was once based in 1941 for the booklet of articles when it comes to past due old, early medieval, and Byzantine civilization within the fields of paintings and structure, background, archeology, literature, theology, legislations, and the auxiliary disciplines. a variety of maps, tables, illustrations, and colour plates offer supplementary info for plenty of of the articles.

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Maria Antiqua, it seems possible that, for example, the oil of a lamp put on the sill in front of the icon was perceived by the pious as absorbing its power both from the presence of the saint in his image—illuminated by its flame— and from his relics kept in the loculus just below. 109 Although there is no documentary proof available for this kind of practice having been a custom in Rome, one has, again, to take into consideration that S. Maria Antiqua was a church largely frequented by a Greek community taking part in imported cult forms and that the image itself depicts an Eastern saint, copied after an Eastern model.

JOHN C. LAMOREAUX 33 which links Abu ¯ Qurrah to John of Damascus, who is usually thought to have been a Sa37 baite monk. ” The meaning of the expression dia; fwnh'" is something of a problem. 38 Up to the eighth century, it most commonly indicated that the work in question (here, one by Abu ¯ Qurrah) is derived from the lectures or oral teachings of someone else (here, John of Damascus). By the ninth century, however, the expression had begun to take on a new sense, now meaning simply that the work in question was written “by” someone (in this case, John of Damascus).

2. 56. , 94–95). 43 This is one of his Arabic works, his letter to David the Monophysite. In the introduction to this work, Abu ¯ Qurrah recalls that he had met David while the two of them were praying in the holy places of Jerusalem. This David, who must have been a bishop,44 had asked Abu ¯ Qurrah for an exposition of the character of the union of natures in Christ. After their parting, Abu ¯ Qurrah set himself the task of responding to David’s request. What resulted was Abu ¯ Qurrah’s most detailed investigation of a christological theme.

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