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Mind, morality and magic : cognitive science approaches in biblical studies

Author: István Czachesz; Risto Uro
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2014.
Series: Bible world (London, England)
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The cognitive science of religion that has emerged over the last twenty years is a multidisciplinary field that often challenges established theories in anthropology and comparative religion. This new approach raises many questions for biblical studies as well. What are the cross-cultural cognitive mechanisms which explain the transmission of biblical texts? How did the local and particular cultural traditions of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Czachesz, Istvan.
Mind, Morality and Magic : Cognitive Science Approaches in Biblical Studies.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: István Czachesz; Risto Uro
ISBN: 9781317544418 1317544412 9781317544401 1317544404 9781315728933 1315728931
OCLC Number: 893333114
Description: 1 online resource (325 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface; 1. The cognitive science of religion: a new alternative in biblical studies; 2. Past minds: evolution, cognition, and biblical studies; I. Memory and the transmission of biblical traditions; 3. How religions remember: memory theories in biblical studies and in the cognitive study of religion; 4. Rethinking biblical transmission: insights from the cognitive neuroscience of memory; 5. The interface of ritual and writing in the transmission of early Christian traditions. 6. Computer modeling of cognitive processes in biblical studies: the primacy of urban Christianity as a test case7. "I was El Shaddai, but now I'm Yahweh": God names and the informational dynamics of biblical texts; II. Ritual and magic; 8. Is Judaism boring? On the lack of counterintuitive agents in Jewish rituals; 9. Ritual system in the Qumran movement: frequency, boredom, and balance; 10. A cognitive perspective on magic in the New Testament; 11. From corpse impurity to relic veneration: new light from cognitive and psychological studies; III. Altruism, morality, and cooperation. 12. Why do religious cultures evolve slowly? The cultural evolution of cooperative calling and the historical study of religions13. Empathy and ethics: bodily emotion as a basis for moral admonition; 14. A socio-cognitive perspective on identity and behavioral norms in Ephesians; 15. Emotion, cognition, and social change: a consideration of Galatians 3:28; Bibliography; Index of modern authors; Subject index.
Series Title: Bible world (London, England)
Responsibility: edited by István Czachesz and Risto Uro.

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This volume explores how cognitive approaches to religion can shed light on classical concerns in biblical scholarship as well as uncover new questions and offer new methodologies.  Read more...

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