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Cognitive Science and the New Testament: A New Approach to Early Christian Research

István Czachesz


This monograph makes a case for a cognitive turn in New Testament Studies, both surveying relevant developments in the Cognitive Science of Religion and digging into the field of cognitive and behavioral sciences in search of opportunities of gaining new insights about biblical materials. Over the last few decades, our knowledge of how the human mind and brain work increased dramatically. We can now understand religious traditions, rituals, and visionary experiences in novel ways. This has implications for the study of the New Testament and early Christianity. With insights from cognitive scie ... More

Keywords: New Testament Studies, early Christianity, cognitive science, evolutionary theory, Cognitive Science of Religion, ritual, magic, religious experience, social network dynamics, morality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198779865
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779865.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

István Czachesz, author
Professor, Department of History and Religious Studies, University of Tromsø