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Ancient Traditions of the Virgin Mary's Dormition and Assumption

Stephen J. Shoemaker


The ancient Dormition and Assumption traditions, a remarkably diverse collection of narratives recounting the end of the Virgin Mary's life, first emerge into historical view from an uncertain past during the fifth and sixth centuries. Initially appearing in Syria, Palestine, and Egypt, these legends spread rapidly throughout the Christian world, resulting in over 60 different narratives from before the tenth century preserved in nine ancient languages. This study presents a detailed analysis of the earliest traditions of Mary's death, including the evidence of the earliest Marian liturgical t ... More

Keywords: Assumption, Chalcedon, Dormition, Egypt, Gnostic Christianity, Marian Liturgical Traditions, Mariology, Palestine, Syria, Virgin Mary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250752
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199250758.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen J. Shoemaker, author
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Oregon
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