T&T Clark Handbook of Sacraments and Sacramentality

by James W. Farwell & Martha Moore Keish

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About the Book

Introducing readers to the contemporary field of sacramental theology, this volume covers the biblical and historical foundations, a survey of the state of the discipline, and a collection of constructive essays representing major themes, practices and approaches to sacraments and sacramentality in the contemporary world.

The volume starts with a set of foundational essays that offer broad introduction to the field of sacramental theology from contemporary scholars, analysing a number of historical figures in order to illumine and inform contemporary sacramental theology.

The second part of the volume is dedicated to a series of essays on sacramentality, and includes attention to elements of space, time, ritual action, music, and word, all as aspects of what Christians have termed “sacramental” reality.

The third set of essays includes attention to each of the seven practices that have most commonly been termed “sacraments” in Christian traditions: baptism; eucharist/Lord’s Supper; confirmation; confession, forgiveness and reconciliation; marriage; ordination; and anointing.

The final part of this volume features scholars who are working on sacraments in conversation with contemporary academic disciplines: critical race theory, queer theory, comparative theology, and disability studies.

Publication Details 

Bloomsbury Publishing (T&T Clark Handbooks)
(December 29, 2022)
1,138 pages
ISBN-13: ‎
978- 0567687647

About the Author

JAMES FARWELL is Professor of Theology and Liturgy and Director of Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, with years of parish and cathedral ministry in addition to his work in the academy. He is the author of This is the Night: Suffering, Salvation, and the Liturgies of Holy Week (T&T Clark 2005); The Liturgy Explained (2nd ed. Morehouse 2013); and numerous book chapters and journal articles in theology, liturgy, and comparative studies. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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