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Title: The Nubian Liturgical Calendar
Subtitle: The Evidence of the Nubian Lectionaries
Author(s): OCHAŁA, Grzegorz
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 128    Issue: 1-2   Date: 2015   
Pages: 1-48
DOI: 10.2143/MUS.128.1.3080615

Abstract :
Christian Nubia is little known to the scholarly milieu, although different aspects of its culture are derived from or modelled on Mediterranean patterns. Many enigmas of the history of the Middle Nile Valley still remain to be solved, among them the question of the litugical practices of the Nubian Church. The present article aims at analysing from two different perspectives (typological and liturgical) the scant remnants of Nubian liturgical books, which, although some of them have been known for a long time, have not been treated in a detailed manner so far. The comparative study of the pericopae, that is liturgical readings, preserved in the Nubian material and the ones found in lectionaries of other Eastern Churches of that period provides an interesting perspective on links between the Christian kingdoms of the Nile valley and the rest of Eastern Christendom. Analogies to the Nubian sources can be found not only in neighbouring Egypt and influential Constantinople, but also in Syro-Palestine and Georgia, which proves that the cultural landscape of the Middle Nile Valley is more complex than is usually perceived.

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