11. The Function of Material Culture in the Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Ancient Christianity

The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity - Diana V. Edelman

Annette Weissenrieder [+-]
University of Halle-Wittenderg
Annette Weissenrieder is Professor of New Testament and Director of the Corpus Hellenisticum Institute, University of Halle-Wittenberg. Her main areas of research include the Corpus Hellenisticum, with an emphasis on Graeco-Roman medicine and philosophy, the architecture of ancient temples and houses, the Pauline letters, the letter to the Ephesians, and Luke and Matthew in the Vetus Latina.

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The literary culture of ancient Christianity is often thought to reflect the concerns and preferences of the cultural elite. Material evidence provided by archaeological research is increasingly employed together with building inscriptions to overcome this bias in the study of ancient Christianity and gain access to experiences of non-elite Christians. This paper explores the role of the visual, space, and epigraphic material in helping to disseminate ancient religious practices, rituals, and beliefs in ancient Christianity. 1 Corinthians will serve as a case study. Concepts of space include connections between the outside and the inside in houses and collonaded halls and the aesthetics of self-representations in "lower" and "upper" class symbols conveyed through the choice of building materials and techniques of construction.

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Weissenrieder, Annette. 11. The Function of Material Culture in the Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Ancient Christianity. The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Nov 2021. ISBN 9781781798768. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38000. Date accessed: 21 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38000. Nov 2021

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