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Homeland And Diaspora: The Case Of Pentecostalism

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Pentecostalism is the burgeoning version of Christianity closest to the early Church in its embrace of the principle of diaspora rather than Heimat. This chapter focuses on the Judaism and its attachment to a covenant people in a sacred place with a sacred capital. It shows how Early Christianity revised the Jewish repertoire, finding many of its initial converts in diasporic Judaism, and using the idea of the incoming of the Gentiles to power its universalising message. Before the chapter specifies the symbolic innovations which allowed Christianity to spring free of its Jewish origins it need to identify territory and genealogy as principles of social conservation so built into our social nature as constantly to reproduce themselves. The chapter focuses on the three points on a spectrum: a people generated in a place, a people generated in dispersion remembering a place, and a regenerated "pilgrim people", without a place.

Keywords: Christianity; diasporic Judaism; Pentecostalism



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