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Debates over the Resurrection of the Dead: Constructing Early Christian Identity

Outi Lehtipuu


In many early Christian texts, belief in resurrection is used as a sign of inclusion and exclusion, not only in relation to non-Christians but vis-à-vis other Christians. Those who understand resurrection in other terms have deviated from the truth and are Christians in name only. Using insights from the sociological study of deviance, this study shows that such labeling was used as a tool for marking boundaries between those who belonged and those who did not. Clear boundaries were important in the fluid and complex reality of the early Christian minority communities. In a situation where the ... More

Keywords: early Christianity, resurrection, New Testament interpretation, identity formation, deviance, patristic readings of the New Testament, Nag Hammadi, apocryphal acts, martyrologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198724810
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724810.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Outi Lehtipuu, author
University of Helsinki