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The Early Church as a Narrative Fellowship. An Exploratory Study of the Performance of the Chreia

Publiceringsår: 2007
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 207-226
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Tidsskrift for Teologi og Kirke
Volym: 78
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Universitetsforlaget


The early Church was a narrative fellowship which narrativized the Jesus tradition and per-formed it from memory. It did so by using specific narrative and mnemonic forms of commu-nication. The chreia combines features of narrativity, oral performance, and memory and con-stituted a basic element of the narrative mosaic of the Church. The author of the Gospel of Mark indicates a broader pattern of narrative performance in that he introduces his narrative by combining the chreia with the diēgēma, demonstrating the rhetorical kind of narrativiza-tion that characterizes the Jesus tradition.



  • Philosophy and Religion
  • the Gospel of Mark.
  • diēgēma
  • performance
  • memory
  • orality
  • Narrativity
  • chreia


  • ISSN: 0040-7194

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