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Christian Identity in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman World$
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Judith Lieu

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199262892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199262896.001.0001

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The Grammar Of Practice

The Grammar Of Practice

(p.147) 5 The Grammar Of Practice
Christian Identity in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman World

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Bourdieu’s concept of Habitus provides a framework for understanding the nexus of practice and belief in early Judaism and how a shared set of practices and world-view can encompass multiple interpretations. From this perspective, we can explore how self-understandings in so-called early Christian writings both overlap with each other and with Jewish patterns and differentiate themselves from them. A language of mutuality was particularly important in Christian writings, which often emphasize practice more than belief. Although these distinguish themselves from Jews and ‘pagans’, many of their values were shared in common, and perhaps lived out in cooperation more than conflict.

Keywords:   belief, Bourdieu, Christian life, eschatology, ethics, Judaism, love, mutuality, orthopraxy, practice

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