Rethinking Early Christian Identity : Affect, Violence, and Belonging Paperback / softback
Maia Kotrosits challenges the contemporary notion of "early Christian literature," showing that a number of texts usually so described-including Hebrews, Acts, the Gospel of John, Colossians, 1 Peter, the letters of Ignatius, the Gospel of Truth, and the Secret Revelation of John - are "not particularly interested" in a distinctive Christian identity or self-definition.
Rather, by appealing to the categories of trauma studies and diaspora theory and giving careful attention to the dynamics within each of these texts, she shows that this sample of writings offers complex reckonings with chaotic diasporic conditions and the transgenerational trauma of colonial violence.
The heart of her study is an inquiry into the significance contemporary readers invest in ancient writings as expressions of a coherent identity, asking, "What do we need and want out of history?" Kotrosits interacts with important recent work on identity and sociality in the Roman world and on the dynamics of desire in contemporary biblical scholarship as well.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Fortress Press,U.S.
- Publication Date: 01/01/2015
- Category: New Testaments
- ISBN: 9781451492651
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