The Grammar Of Practice

Judith Lieu

in Christian Identity in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman World

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780199262892
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602818 | DOI:
The Grammar Of Practice

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Bourdieu’s concept of Habitus provides a framework for understanding the nexus of practice and belief in early Judaism and how a shared set of practices and world-view can encompass multiple interpretations. From this perspective, we can explore how self-understandings in so-called early Christian writings both overlap with each other and with Jewish patterns and differentiate themselves from them. A language of mutuality was particularly important in Christian writings, which often emphasize practice more than belief. Although these distinguish themselves from Jews and ‘pagans’, many of their values were shared in common, and perhaps lived out in cooperation more than conflict.

Keywords: belief; Bourdieu; Christian life; eschatology; ethics; Judaism; love; mutuality; orthopraxy; practice

Chapter.  11974 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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