Another “oldie but goodie”: On Worship
A recent application for PhD studies, the applicant interested in researching the historical context of earliest Christian worship, reminded me of a book of older vintage that may not be noted sufficiently:
Johannes Horst, Proskynein: Zur Anbetung im Urchristentum nach ihrer religionsgeschichtlichen Eigenart, Neutestamentliche Forschungen, no. 3/2 (Gütersloh: C. Bertelsmann Verlag, 1932).
I’ve referred appreciatively to Horst’s volume in at least a few of my own publications over the years. He surveys in particular use of the Greek verb, proskynein (which literally means to prostrate before a superior), in the ancient historical context in which early Christianity emerged, and explores how early Christian worship represents any innovation in worship practice. To my knowledge, there is no subsequent volume that covers the same material with this focus and depth.
Some readers have expressed an interest in having important works from the past highlighted. Well, this is one to note. (Also, at the risk of dredging up a controversy from a few months ago, the book illustrates why I place importance on learning to read German, and French too.)