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By Roy Hammerling

'Prayer is genuine religion,' acknowledged Auguste Sabatier. if that is so, the tutorial examine of prayer permits students to ascertain the very center of spiritual practices, ideals, and convictions. considering the fact that prayers exist in a large choice of content material, contexts, kinds, and practices, a finished method of the examine of prayer is needed.

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Whether the Jesus Prayer 12 Irénée Hausherr, SJ, Hésychasme et Prière (Rome, 1966). a. The Pilgrim’s Tale) can attest to the previous point. For the Orthodox not only the words of the prayer but also how, where, and when one prays the Jesus Prayer is what gives the prayer remarkable vivacity. Content, therefore, interacts with form and practice to create an identifying prayerful experience, or perhaps better yet we might say prayerful consciousness, in a particular context and time. Prayer Content and Context The clear and focused content of a cherished ancient prayer may at times be adapted widely over a variety of surprisingly diverse religious practices and contexts.

Such a study connects with and builds upon previous scholarship and encourages more work in the future. A number of worthy areas of future pursuit are plainly laid out in this work. Perhaps in a scientifically-minded modern world, prayer itself seems in the end to be a triviality, a superstitious enterprise, and an area introduction 27 unworthy of scholarly effort. To some prayer can be seen as an utter act of foolishness, and yet for faithful people of yesteryear it was not only the highest act of sanity, but the highest form of reasonable thought and action.

H. Propp, B. Halpern and D. N. ), The Hebrew Bible and Its Interpreters (Winona Lake, Indiana, 1990), pp. 167–187. 12 Esther G. Chazon, “Hymns and Prayers in the Dead Sea Scrolls,” in P. W. Flint and J. C. ) The Dead Sea Scrolls after Fifty Years (Leiden, 1998), p. 249. 13 Paul Bradshaw, Daily Prayer in the Early Church (New York, 1982), pp. 4–11. 1–2. Florentino García Martínez, The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English, trans. by Wilfred G. E. Watson (Leiden, 1994), p. 14. d.

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