Ritual, Memory and Writing in Early Christianity

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  • Additional Information
    • Alternate Title:
      Rituel, mémoire et écriture
    • Publication Information:
      Helsinki: Finnish Society for the Study of Comparative Religion, 2011.
    • Publication Date:
      2011
    • Original Material:
      INIST-CNRS
    • Abstract:
      The article examines ways in which the views of biblical scholars as to the transmission of early Christian traditions, especially the Jesus traditions, have been revolutionized by so-called orality/literacy studies since Werner Kelber's seminal The Oral and the Written Gospel (1983). In the 2000s, an important turn in the study of orality and literacy in early Christianity took place with the discovery of memory. This has given rise to a focus on theories of collective memory and more recently on the cognitive aspects of individual memory, producing fresh new insights into the close intertwining of orality and literacy in ancient literary activity. The last part of the article brings up the role of ritual in the transmission of early Christian traditions, an aspect that has received less attention in the discussion. For purposes of further analysis, three perspectives on the role of ritual in the study of orality and textuality in early Christianity are highlighted and elaborated. The first underscores the need for a fresh analysis of the numerous liturgical passages in the New Testament identified by the generation of form critics. The second focuses on oral-aural ('liturgical') aspects of early Christian literature as part of the larger phenomenon of Greco-Roman literary culture, in which literacy was defined by public performance and recitation to a degree that differs substantially from the modem use of printed books. The last perspective highlights the important question of ritual's capacity to function as an instrument of religious teaching and doctrinal consolidation.
    • File Description:
      text
    • Author Affiliations:
      University of Helsinki, Finland
    • ISSN:
      0497-1817
    • Rights:
      Copyright 2015 INIST-CNRS
      CC BY 4.0
      Sauf mention contraire ci-dessus, le contenu de cette notice bibliographique peut être utilisé dans le cadre d’une licence CC BY 4.0 Inist-CNRS / Unless otherwise stated above, the content of this bibliographic record may be used under a CC BY 4.0 licence by Inist-CNRS / A menos que se haya señalado antes, el contenido de este registro bibliográfico puede ser utilizado al amparo de una licencia CC BY 4.0 Inist-CNRS
    • Accession Number:
      edsfra.26675002
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      URO, R. Ritual, Memory and Writing in Early Christianity. Temenos (Helsinki), [s. l.], n. 2, p. 159, 2011. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsfra&AN=edsfra.26675002. Acesso em: 27 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      URO R. Ritual, Memory and Writing in Early Christianity. Temenos (Helsinki). 2011;(2):159. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsfra&AN=edsfra.26675002. Accessed January 27, 2020.
    • APA:
      URO, R. (2011). Ritual, Memory and Writing in Early Christianity. Temenos (Helsinki), (2), 159. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsfra&AN=edsfra.26675002
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      URO, Risto. 2011. “Ritual, Memory and Writing in Early Christianity.” Temenos (Helsinki), no. 2: 159. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsfra&AN=edsfra.26675002.
    • Harvard:
      URO, R. (2011) ‘Ritual, Memory and Writing in Early Christianity’, Temenos (Helsinki), (2), p. 159. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsfra&AN=edsfra.26675002 (Accessed: 27 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      URO, R 2011, ‘Ritual, Memory and Writing in Early Christianity’, Temenos (Helsinki), no. 2, p. 159, viewed 27 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      URO, Risto. “Ritual, Memory and Writing in Early Christianity.” Temenos (Helsinki), no. 2, 2011, p. 159. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsfra&AN=edsfra.26675002.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      URO, Risto. “Ritual, Memory and Writing in Early Christianity.” Temenos (Helsinki), no. 2 (2011): 159. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsfra&AN=edsfra.26675002.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      URO R. Ritual, Memory and Writing in Early Christianity. Temenos (Helsinki) [Internet]. 2011 [cited 2020 Jan 27];(2):159. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=edsfra&AN=edsfra.26675002