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Risto Uro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661176

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661176.001.0001

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Ritual Theory and Early Christian Studies

Ritual Theory and Early Christian Studies

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Ritual and Christian Beginnings

Risto Uro

Oxford University Press

This chapter asks why ritual has been a largely neglected theme in the study of Christian beginnings. The chapter also surveys earlier studies in which ritual has been in focus, most importantly among the members of the so-called History of Religion School and historians of early Christian liturgy. The chapter gives an account of the impact now being made by the field of Ritual Studies in the study of early Christianity and in the study of the Bible, and makes a case for the view that the emerging new approach employing ritual theory can be fruitfully extended toward the use of cognitive theories of ritual.

Keywords:   Early Christian Studies, Ritual theory, History of Religion School, history of early liturgy, cognitive theories of ritual, social-scientific criticism

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