On Earth As in Heaven: The Lord's Prayer from Jewish Prayer to Christian Ritual
Author: David Clark
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David Clark's On Earth As it Is In Heaven is an engaging narrative of the history behind and reception of the Lord's Prayer; it illustrates how a text's reception may help us explore and understand the multivalent meaning of the text itself.
Convinced that we can no longer have direct, unmediated access to the sense of Jesus's prayer but must account for the history of its 'effects,' Clark seeks to trace the meaning of one of Christianity's most repeated, and thus most 'effective' texts through the early centuries of the faith. Clark begins by arguing that the prayer's origin is in Jesus's oral teaching, then traces its transmission and representation in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke and the Didache, and finally examines the first full commentary on the prayer, that of Tertullian in the third century CE.
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