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date: 23 October 2020

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This chapter examines early Christian hymnody from the point of view of ritual and embodied religious experience. The chapter explores the possible ways that we can recover the ritual experience of songs from antiquity to the post-Constantinian Church, from a study of hymnic collections and references to the performance of these texts in the Latin, Greek, and Syriac traditions.

Keywords: Ambrose, Athanasius, Augustine, Basil, embodiment, emotions, Ephrem, hymns and psalms, performance, Second Temple

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