John Riches examines notions of sacred space and ethnicity. He shows how group identity emerged in the form of a dynamic process of reshaping traditional Jewish symbols and motifs, such as descent, kinship, and circumcision, and interweaving them with early...
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John Riches examines notions of sacred space and ethnicity. He shows how group identity emerged in the form of a dynamic process of reshaping traditional Jewish symbols and motifs, such as descent, kinship, and circumcision, and interweaving them with early Christian traditions about Jesus. He also argues that the Evangelists were Influenced by two opposing cosmologies that accounts for the diversity of senses of identity that flow from the two narratives.
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 irigin and final overcoming of evil both inform Mark and Latthew's narratives and contribute to the richness and ambiguity of the texts and of the communities which sprang up around them.
John Riches is Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow. His published work includes The World of Jesus: First Century Judaism in Crisis and A Century of New Testament Study.ý
- Identity And Change
- Jewish Identity In The World Of The Mediterranean Cities
- Sight To The Blind
- The Remaking Of Sacred Space
- Conflicting World-views In Mark's Christology
- Church Of Disciples
- Matthew And The Remaking Of Sacred Space
- Cosmology And Christology In Matthew
- New Worlds And New Identities - The Gospels Of Mark And Matthew And The
- Beginning Of Christianity.