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Ritual and Christian Beginnings

Risto Uro


The rise of early Christianity has been examined from a myriad of perspectives, but until recently ritual has been a neglected topic. This book argues that ritual theory is indispensable for the study of Christian beginnings. It also makes a strong case for the application of theories and insights from the Cognitive Science of Religion, a field that has established itself as a vigorous movement in Religious Studies over the past two decades. The book develops a ‘socio-cognitive’ approach to the study of early Christian rituals, seeking to integrate a social-level analysis with findings from th ... More

Keywords: New Testament, Early Christianity, Ritual Studies, Cognitive Science of Religion, cognitive historiography, Social-scientific Interpretation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199661176
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661176.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Risto Uro, author
Senior lecturer in New Testament Studies, University of Helsinki