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A New History of Penance (NHP) is an invitation to others to imagine new ways to piece together new stories, to find material that might be inserted in the interstices of the partial pattern the authors have set forth here, and to wonder what else has been forgotten or neglected in older accounts. Adding to the implicit irony of the title is the fact these essays are indebted to a rich and accrued corpus of scholarship belonging to an imagined "old history of penance". The rituals of penance resembled those of baptism, of the consecration of churches, of ordination, and of exorcism, as Rapp, Wagner, and Iogna-Prat show. By entering those indistinctly bounded areas, the investigations of the NHP find depth and resonances in the penitential experience hitherto unexposed.

Keywords: A New History of Penance (NHP); baptism



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