Die Feier der Geburt Christi in der Alten Kirche 978-3-16-158675-0 - Mohr Siebeck
Theology

Hans Förster

Die Feier der Geburt Christi in der Alten Kirche

Beiträge zur Erforschung der Anfänge des Epiphanie- und des Weihnachtsfests

[The Celebration of Christ's Birth in the Early Church. Contributions to the Research on the Origins of Epiphany and Christmas. By Hans Förster.]

unrevised e-book edition 2020; Original edition 2000; 2000. X, 218 pages.

Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum / Studies and Texts in Antiquity and Christianity 4

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A frequent hypothesis contends that the date of Jesus Christ's birth was established on the basis of calculations, and this led to the celebration of Jesus' birth in the church. Hans Förster discusses this hypothesis. Some of these calculations served as a belated legitimation for the celebration of Jesus' birth or as a justification for bringing it forward from the 6th of January to the 25th of December. In addition, the author demonstrates that Christmas was celebrated by the Armenian church in the 5th century. According to the oldest tradition, the birth of Jesus was commemorated on the day of Epiphany. It was not until Christmas was introduced that Jesus' baptism, and not his birth, was commemorated on Epiphany.
A frequent hypothesis contends that the date of Jesus Christ's birth was established on the basis of calculations, and this led to the celebration of Jesus' birth in the church. Hans Förster discusses this hypothesis. Some of these calculations served as a belated legitimation for the celebration of Jesus' birth or as a justification for bringing it forward from the 6th of January to the 25th of December. In addition, the author demonstrates that Christmas was celebrated by the Armenian church in the 5th century. According to the oldest tradition, the birth of Jesus was commemorated on the day of Epiphany. It was not until Christmas was introduced that Jesus' baptism, and not his birth, was commemorated on Epiphany.
Authors/Editors

Hans Förster Geboren 1969; 1997 Promotion; 1998–2003 Mitarbeit an verschiedenen Projekten des Österreichischen Wissenschaftsfonds (FWF) im Bereich Koptologie und Papyrologie; 2004–2006 APART-Stipendiat der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften; seit 2007 Mitarbeiter eines FWF-Projekts zur koptischen Papyrologie.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Welt und Umwelt der Bibel — 2007, Heft 4, S. 69
In: Zeitschr. f. Kirchengeschichte — Bd.113 (2002), H.1, S. 97ff (Theofried Baumeister)
In: Erbe und Auftrag — Jg.76 (2000), H.6, S. 524 (Gunda Brüske)
In: Bibel und Liturgie — Jg. 74 (2001), H.4, S.284f (Theodor Maas-Ewerd)
In: Jahrbuch f.Liturgik u.Hymnologie — Bd.42 (2003), S.114
In: Göteborgs Stifts-Tidning — 13. Oktober 2000 (F. Fernbom)
In: Verkündigung u. Forschung — 52 (2007), S. 30–49 (Peter Gemeinhardt)
In: The Expository Times — Jg.112 (2001) Nr.11, S.381 (Prof. Dr. Wainwright)
In: FAZ – Redaktion NSB — 2000, Nr.299, S. 48 (Wolfram Kinzig)
In: International Review of Biblical Studies — Jg.46 (1999/2000)
In: New Testament Abstracts — Jg. 44, (2000), Nr. 3, S. 620
In: Recherches de Science Religieuse — Jg.89 (2001) Nr.89, S.292 (Nur Bibliographie)
In: Revue des Sciences philosophiques et theologique — Jg.83 (2001) H.3, S. 576 (?)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — Jg.126 (2001) Nr.10, S. 1050f. (Hans Georg Thümmel)
In: Theologische Revue — Jg.99 (2003), H.4, Sp.311ff (Benedikt Kranemann)
In: Tijdschrift voor Theologie — Jg.41 (2001) Nr.1, S. 96 (Gerard Lükken)
In: Wissenschaftlicher Literaturanzeiger — Jg.40 (2001) H.2, S. 61 (Prof.A.-E.Buchrucker)