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Judaism – Early Christianity – Gnosticism – Islam

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This chapter uses current developments in cognitive science to explore the emergence of early Christian religion. In particular, it considers Sperber's epidemiology model, Rubin's serial recall modes, ritual form theory and Boyer's theory of religious concepts for understanding the transmission of early Christian thought. This section argues that by using names and numbers in order to organize their theological thought, the first Christians were continuing an older usage grounded in the philosophical tradition of the Greeks as well as in the Hebrew Bible. The name of god and the name of Jesus were in their eyes the core of confession of faith. This section presents a new Swedish translation of the Epistle of Diognetus.

Keywords:Christian; diognetus; epidemiology; epistle; Gnosticism; Hebrew Bible; Islam; Judaism



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