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La lecture liturgique et les apocryphes du Nouveau Testament. Le cas de la Dormitio grecque du Pseudo-Jean

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The Syriac literary tradition passed very old and very valuable documents on the final fate of Mary, which is generally known under the name of Transitus Mariae. However, the Syriac liturgy kept only very few sources that can help trace the origins of the feast of the Assumption of Mary. This paucity of sources is equally valid for Western Syriac area called "Jacobite" than for Eastern Syriac area called "Nestorian". Before the Transitus Mariae, the most ancient manuscripts witnesses date from the late fifth century or early sixth century. This chapter examines the liturgical information provide for the Transitus Mariae Syriac language. It then presents the rare documents relating to the homiletic Syriac feast of the Dormition. After a quick investigation into the Syriac liturgical sources, the chapter attempts to paint the history of the Marian commemoration. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Assumption of Mary; Dormition; Jacobite Church; Marian commemoration; Nestorian Church; Syriac literary tradition; Transitus Mariae



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