Perceptions of Ecclesia: Church and Soul in Medieval Dedication Sermons

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The medieval laity's understanding of the church and their own role within it was largely shaped by preaching. How did preachers actually define the word 'church', and what was the essence of their ecclesiological teachings? Sermons for the dedication of a church reveal that the term ecclesia had numerous connotations. Three key ideas recur with particular frequency: the material church, the Christian community, and the church of the soul. The physical church building held an important place in medieval society as a ...

Perceptions of Ecclesia: Church and Soul in Medieval Dedication Sermons 2006, Brepols N.V., Turnhout

ISBN-13: 9782503520599

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