Ágnes T. Mihálykó

The Christian Liturgical Papyri: An Introduction

[Die christlichen liturgischen Papyri: Eine Einführung.]

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Liturgical papyri are important but underestimated sources of the history of the liturgy and of religious currents in late antique Egypt. Ágnes T. Mihálykó offers the first extensive introduction to them and also discusses them as the earliest liturgical manuscripts preserved.
Liturgical papyri are prime witnesses to the history of liturgy and the religious and theological currents in late antique Egypt. These items from the third to ninth century preserve hundreds of Greek and Coptic hymns, prayers, and acclamations, most otherwise unknown but some still recited by the Coptic Church. Ágnes T. Mihálykó offers the first extensive introduction to the liturgical papyri, facilitating the reader's access to them with a detailed inventory of edited manuscripts and an extensive discussion of their date and provenance. She also examines liturgical papyri as the first preserved liturgical manuscripts, describing their material features, the ways they were used, the early history of the liturgical books, and their languages. She reveals how liturgical texts were written down and transmitted and locates these important manuscripts in the book culture of late antique Egypt.

Ágnes T. Mihálykó Born 1990; studied History and Classics at the Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest); 2017 PhD in Classics (papyrology) from the University of Oslo; currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Eötvös József Collegium, Eötvös Loránd University.


The following reviews are known:

In: Review of Biblical Literature — (7/2020) (Jade Weimer)
In: Journal of Theological Studies — 72 (2021), pp. 453–454 (Maxwell E. Johnson)
In: Jahrbuch f.Liturgik u.Hymnologie — 59 (2020), pp. 97–98 + 60 (2021)p. 113 (Jörg Neijenhuis + Helmut Schwier)