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|October 8, 2023
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Israel, the Church, and Millenarianism. A Way beyond Replacement Theology Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies
In “Rome and the Invention of the Papacy: The Liber Pontificalis,” Rosamond McKitterick delves into the complex history of the papacy and its origins in early medieval Rome. The book explores the Liber Pontificalis, a collection of papal biographies and legends that was compiled in the sixth century and continued to be updated into the ninth century. McKitterick uses this rich source material to trace the development of the papacy from its humble beginnings as a local bishopric to its emergence as the preeminent religious and political authority in Europe.
The book begins by examining the origins of the papacy in the early Christian church, and the gradual emergence of the bishop of Rome as a figure of increasing importance. McKitterick shows how the papacy’s growing influence was tied to the political and cultural changes taking place in Rome and the wider Mediterranean world during the late Roman and early Byzantine periods.
As the papacy evolved, so too did the Liber Pontificalis. McKitterick provides a meticulous analysis of the text, showing how it was shaped by various political and religious interests over the centuries. She also examines the ways in which the Liber Pontificalis helped to shape the papacy’s image and authority, both in Rome and beyond.
Throughout the book, McKitterick highlights the complex interplay between religion and politics in the early medieval world. She shows how the papacy was both a spiritual and a temporal authority, and how its power was often contested by rival factions within Rome and beyond. She also explores the role of the papacy in shaping the cultural and intellectual life of early medieval Europe, and how the papal court served as a center of learning and artistic patronage.
Ultimately, “Rome and the Invention of the Papacy” offers a nuanced and comprehensive account of one of the most important institutions in European history. McKitterick’s rigorous scholarship and engaging prose make this book essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the papacy, early medieval Rome, or the broader cultural and political developments of the early Middle Ages..
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