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Cognitive Science and the New TestamentA New Approach to Early Christian Research$
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István Czachesz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779865

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779865.001.0001

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A Cognitive Turn

A Cognitive Turn

(p.8) 1 A Cognitive Turn
Cognitive Science and the New Testament

István Czachesz

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an introduction to the field of cognitive science and outlines the program of a cognitive turn in New Testament Studies. The chapter explains the background and significance of the cognitive turn in psychology and other disciplines and also discusses basic research questions concerning the human mind. The question is raised how the human mind manages a variety of cognitive tasks efficiently, and theories of modularity as well as different accounts of situated cognition are introduced. Following a brief outline of the Cognitive Science of Religion, the final part of the chapter considers what the program of a cognitive turn in New Testament Studies can promise.

Keywords:   cognitive turn, psychology, human mind, modularity, situated cognition, Cognitive Science of Religion, New Testament Studies

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