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Ritual Process and Ritual Symbol in Didache 7-10

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Didache 7-10 provides an integrated block of ritual material intended for the aggregation phase of the initiation of Gentiles into a Jewish Christian community. The text is examined in terms of Victor Turner's theory of ritual process and ritual symbol. The dominant ritual symbol, which connects this aggregation rite with the whole initiation process is that of life, but instrumental symbols such as water, Name of God, bread and wine, are seen to be coherently linked at the ideological pole through the concept of the kingdom of God/David/Israel and through Jesus as God's wisdom. Here we may have the eucharistic prayers of the "Q" community.

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2016-12-04

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