Cognitive Science in the Study of Early Christianity : Why It Is Helpful – and How?

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Uro , R 2017 , ' Cognitive Science in the Study of Early Christianity : Why It Is Helpful – and How? ' , New Testament Studies , vol. 63 , no. 4 , pp. 516-533 . https://doi.org/10.1017/S0028688517000182

Title: Cognitive Science in the Study of Early Christianity : Why It Is Helpful – and How?
Author: Uro, Risto
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology
Date: 2017-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: New Testament Studies
ISSN: 0028-6885
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/228686
Abstract: In recent years, a number of New Testament and early Christian scholars have begun to use cognitive science approaches in their work. In this paper, I situate those efforts within the larger framework of the changing humanities, and the increased interest among humanistic scholars and social scientists in drawing on the growing body of knowledge on the cognitive and evolutionary roots of human thinking and behaviour. I also suggest how cognitive historiography can be helpful in shedding new light on issues discussed by New Testament scholars, by elaborating a case study: an analysis of the rite introduced by John the Baptist.
Subject: 614 Theology
New Testament Studies
Cognitive Science of Religion
Religious Studies
John the Baptist
Religion
Memory
Anthropology
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