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ante-chapel

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Christianity.

Part of a chapel situated at its west end, like transepts, serving as a volume before the chapel proper, e.g. Magdalen and Merton College Chapels, Oxford.

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beam

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Biblical Studies.

Squared timbers were used to support a flat Palestinian roof. In Jesus' parable of Luke 6: 41 REB uses ‘plank’ for AV ‘beam’, but ‘log’ of NRSV is misleading for English readers.

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certosa

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Christianity.

Carthusian monastery in Italy.

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hearse

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Christianity.

1 A triangular frame on a stand, holding fifteen candles, formerly used at Tenebrae.

2 Various funeral furnishings, now usually the car bearing the coffin.

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parclose

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Architecture.

1 Screen marking off chapels or tombs from the rest of a church, e.g. between a chancel and the chapel to its side.

2 Front of a gallery, open or closed.

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parvis

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Architecture.

1 Corruption of Paradise, often, but incorrectly, applied to a room over a church porch.

2 Open area, court, or atrium in front of a church, or the entire...

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Pella

Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies — Architecture.

A city of the Decapolis (Mark 5: 20) captured for the Romans by Pompey in 63 bce, about 29 km. (18 miles) south of the Sea of Galilee and east of the Jordan. It has been suggested that on...

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pinnacle

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Biblical Studies.

The highest points of the Temple roof (‘parapet’, REB, NJB), possibly overlooking a precipitous valley, mentioned as the imaginary scene of Jesus' second temptation (Matt. 4: 5).

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poppy heads

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Christianity.

In ecclesiology, the ornamental finials at the tops of bench-ends, in form somewhat resembling a fleur-de-lys. They became common in the 15th century.

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pricket

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Christianity.

1 Metal spike on which to stick a candle, as on a hearse, with a rimmed plate fixed below it into which the wax could run.

2 Top of a spire.

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