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Cognitive science and the New Testament : a new approach to early Christian research

Author: István Czachesz
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Series: UPSO - Oxford University Press E-Books.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Over the last few decades, our knowledge of how the human mind and brain works increased dramatically. The field of cognitive science enables us to understand religious traditions, rituals, and visionary experiences in novel ways. This has implications for the study of the New Testament and early Christianity. How people in the ancient Mediterranean world remembered sayings and stories, what they experienced when
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: István Czachesz
ISBN: 9780191825880 0191825883
OCLC Number: 970401234
Notes: This edition previously issued in print: 2017.
Target Audience: Specialized.
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Contents: Introduction1: A Cognitive Turn1.1: Opening the black box1.2: The human mind: Basic questions1.3: Cognitive Science of Religion1.4: Cognitive science and the study of the New Testament2: Evolution2.1: A very short introduction to evolutionary theory2.2: Genetic inheritance and religion2.2.1: Hypersensitive agent-detection2.2.2: Theory of Mind2.2.3: Teleological reasoning2.2.4: Expectations about ontological categories2.2.5: Recursion2.2.6: Emotions2.2.7: Adaptations for cooperation2.2.8: Traits favored by sexual selection2.2.9: Group selection2.3: Epigenetic inheritance in religion2.4: Behavioral inheritance and religion2.5: Symbolic inheritance and religion2.6: Excursus: Epidemiology and memetics2.7: Conclusion3: The Human Brain: A Guided Tour3.1: Brain and mind: same or different?3.2: The anatomy of the human brain3.3: Are all brains alike?4: Memory and transmission4.1: Memory in the brain4.2: Chunks of information4.3: Mental schemata4.4: Narrative schemata: Scripts4.5: Serial recall4.6: Memory and emotions4.7: Selective processes in transmission4.8: Memory and literacy in antiquity4.9: Memory and the New Testament: Some reflections5: Ritual5.1: What is ritual?5.2: Acting without practical purpose5.3: Ritual as the foundation of society5.4: Ritual as a tool of cultural transmission5.5: Ritual as a means of changing the state of affairs5.6: Encountering the Holy5.7: Conclusion6: Magic and Miracle6.1: Magic as an academic concept6.2: Magic and superstitious conditioning6.3: How people think about magic6.4: The appeal of miracle stories6.5: Miracle and culture6.6: Example: Paul in Ephesus6.7: Conclusion7: Religious experience7.1: Subjective religious experience7.2: Religious experience in context7.3: The Lobes Theory of religious experience7.4: The Lobes Theory and the Corinthian church7.5: Tours of heaven7.6: Neuroscientific explanations of extreme religious experience7.7: Toward a neuroscientific model of the narrative structure of the tours7.8: Example: The tour of heaven in the Ascension of Isaiah7.9: Conclusion8: Morality8.1: Empathy and morality8.2: Religion from evolved morality8.3: Morality from religion8.4: Morality and exploitation8.5: Imitating moral examples8.6: Conclusion9: Social networks and computer models9.1: Computer models of religion9.2: Weak social ties in emerging Christianity9.3: Modeling the spread of Christianity9.4: Learning from the Mission model9.5: Patterns of conversion9.6: Conclusions10: Hermeneutical reflections10.1: The text as window10.2: Text as mirror10.3: Text as imageBibliography
Series Title: UPSO - Oxford University Press E-Books.
Responsibility: Istvan Czachesz.


This work demonstrates the value of applying the insights of cognitive science to biblical studies, mirroring the so-called cognitive turn seen in disciplines such as linguistics, psychology, and  Read more...
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This is a landmark study in the field of NT and one I highly recommend. * James Prather, Restoration Quarterly *

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