Conflicting Mythologies Paperback

Identity Formation in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew

by John Riches;


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Conflicting Mythologies

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A cultural and anthropological interpretation of Mark and Matthew, which examines their contribution to the formation of early Christian identity, world-view and ethos. John Riches studies the notions of sacred space and ethnicity in the Gospel narratives. He shows how early Christian group identity emerged through a dynamic process of reshaping traditional Jewish symbols and motifs associated with descent, kinship and territory. Ideas about descent from Abraham and the return from exile to Mount Zion are interwoven into early Christian traditions about Jesus and in the process substantially reshaped to produce different senses of identity. At the same time, he argues, the Evangelists were attempting to set forth a view of the world in a dialogue with the two opposing cosmologies current in Jewish culture of the time: one, cosmic dualist, the other, forensic. Riches shows how these two very different accounts of the origin and final overcoming of evil both inform Mark and Matthew's narratives and contribute to the richness and ambiguity of the texts and of the communities which sprang up around them.

Conflicting Mythologies by John Riches was published by Continuum in April 2006. The ISBN for Conflicting Mythologies is 9780567042712.

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Page last updated 11th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherContinuum (April 2006)
EditionNew edition
Weight463g
Number of Pages384
Thickness29 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
ISBN9780567042712
ISBN-100567042715
Product Code1152121
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