The Pre-Christian Use of Incense in Divine Worship is drawn from a larger work concerning the historical use of incense in religious ceremonial that was written in the opening years of the 20th century by Edward Godfrey Cuthbert Frederick Atchley (1869–1945), a distinguished Anglican liturgical scholar associated with the Alcuin Club.
The body of work from which this text is drawn was researched over many years and eventually published by Longmans Green of London in 1909, under the title A History of the Use of Incense in Divine Worship. The subject-matter is primarily about the role of incense in religious ceremonies, both private and public.
The author explores the religious use of incense in much of the ancient world as we know it; how for some five thousand years or more incense was and is still, universally accepted as one of the blessings of life, not only in religious ceremonial but also in the secular world.
A fascinating and enlightening exploration of the widespread use of incense in religious ceremonial and is as relevant today as it was a century of more ago.
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