An Archaeological Re-assessment of Forty-Seven Early Byzantine Basilical Church Excavations Primarily in Israel and Jordan, and their Historical and Liturgical Context
Chapter 8: Postscript: the ‘God phenomenon’
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Postscript: the ‘God phenomenon’
Although ambitious, as indicated in the first chapter, one function of this book is to act as a driver for future research. There are a number of questions that fall beyond the remit of this book, but which have arisen during the course of research towards its completion.
The catalogue of sites and artefacts compiled for this book is extensive and the conclusions drawn from examining the evidence therein derive credibility from this. There is a need to extend this line of enquiry to as many Early Byzantine churches as possible to determine the range of the three church plans identified and how they each evolved through time.
For example, the Constantinopolitan church plan appears to find a match at the fifth- or sixth-century Lower City Church at Amorium, which also has a protruding apse with an entrance to either side of it.1 Based upon the evidence from the catalogue of church sites, the Bema Church at Kalenderhane might also be relabelled as a Constantinopolitan church plan.2 This view can be based upon two linked observations. Firstly, although the ‘North Church’ was constructed first it was contemporary with the Bema Church, and as such would appear to function as the north chapel or diakonikon to the larger church. Secondly, the juxtaposition of ← 185 | 186 → the Bema Church and the ‘North Church’ does not allow sufficient space between them for either...
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