Finlands Akademi
Sökande / Kontakt person Lehtipuu, Outi-I
Organisation Helsingfors universitet
Projektets titel Lived Scriptures: Ascetics, Martyrs, and Miracle Workers in Late Antiquity
Beslutnr 318102
Beslutsdatum 05.06.2018
Finansierings period 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022
Finansiering 480 000
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Beskrivning av projektet
The project examines the use and interpretation of “biblical texts” in the age, when there was no “Bible” and the level of literacy was low. The project combines recent research trends in a novel way by addressing the issue of textual fluidity of biblical texts. Approaching scriptures as lived scriptures, it differentiates between ancient and modern notions of holy texts and further integrates the research on early Christianity with early Judaism. It considers the variety of lived realities from which these texts emerge and which they reflect, paying special attention to three interrelated forms of religious practice: asceticism, martyr cult, and miracles. The focus is on early acta literature (apocryphal acts, martyr literature, hagiography) in relation to other early Christian and Jewish literature; the New Testament texts are not prioritized. Studying reception, the project contributes to a better understanding of the reciprocal relations between scriptures and their various users.