Institute of Archaeology at Andrews University

The Luchnaria: Inscribed Lamps of the Byzantine Period

By Eugenia L. Nitowski. Horn Museum Occasional Papers, No. 4. 1986; 64 pp; 5 x 8 inches; No ISBN; paper.

Early Christian lamps are described in detail. Over a hundred examples are illustrated in detailed line drawings, many with multiple views. The lamp inscriptions analyzed and associated with their historical context.

Nitowski provides a very interesting typology which attempts to associate not only the morphology of the lamp but also the theological content of its impressed faith-statements. This book provides dynamic evidence of everyday religious belief and practice during the very first centuries of the Christian faith.