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Revealing Rituals: Washings and Meals in Galatians and 1 Corinthians

TURLEY, STEPHEN,RICHARD (2013) Revealing Rituals: Washings and Meals in Galatians and 1 Corinthians. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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This thesis attempts to understand the place of rituals in the formation of early Christianity as represented by Galatians and 1 Corinthians. By exploring Paul’s reference to ritual washings and meals with a heuristic use of ritual theory, we conclude that rituals in early Christianity were inherently revelatory, in that they revealed the dawning of a particular time (the messianic age) through the bodies of the ritual participants. This bodily revelation established both a distinctly Christian ethic and a distinctly Christian social space by which such an ethical identity might be identified and sustained.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:ritual, Paul, liturgy, Galatians, 1 Corinthians, revelation, apocalyptic, worship, baptism, Lord's Supper, cosmology, time, ethics, social order, Stephen Turley
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Theology and Religion, Department of
Thesis Date:2013
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:05 Jun 2013 14:31

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