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At the Lighting of the Lamps: Hymns of the Ancient Church

Author: Various

Translator: John McGuckin

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Professor John McGuckin, born in 1952, is an Orthodox priest serving at the St Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Chaplaincy in Manhattan. He is Ane Marie and Bent Emil Nielsen Professor in Late Antique and Byzantine Christian History at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and Professor of Byzantine Chrisian Studies at Columbia. After studies in London and gaining his doctorate from the University of Durham, he served in various academic posts in England, Ireland, Greece, Romania, Ukraine, Italy and the United States. He has written and published extensively on Patristics, New Testament interpretation, Byzantine history and Orthodox theology, including the book ‘St Gregory of Nazianzus: An Intellectual Biography’ (2000).

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From its beginnings, the Church has used hymns as a vivid means of expressing its spirit and doctrine. John McGuckin presents free-verse translations of some of the best-known early hymns, alongside the original Greek and Latin texts. They communicate to us the spirit of the ancient Church, ‘a spirit imbued’, as he says in his Introduction, ‘with the deepest sense of prayerful worship of the Lord of Glory’.


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