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Subject/Keyword
symposia
sacrifice
liturgy
associations
ritualization
confession
Christianity
Didache
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Olfert, Ryan
Supervisor and department
Braun, Willi (Religious Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Landy, Francis (Religious Studies)
Stewart, Selina (History and Classics)
Department
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-06-23T15:17:11Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The Didache’s imperatives to confess faults are located in an array of ritual practices similar to that of other Greco-Roman associations. Yet, there are distinctive ways in which each group strategically uses confessional practice within these arrays. In this thesis, I will argue that examining confession in the Didache as practice, in particular through the lens of Catherine Bell’s “ritualization,” exposes how certain activities are being privileged with respect to other activities and how these distinctions are ordered together into wholes that allow for their strategic use, manipulation, and adaptation. Specifically, the Didache utilizes confession in order to link “teaching,” as both oral tradition and written text, with a “way of life.” As a part of this argument, it will be necessary to suggest an extension to Bell’s understanding of the operation of misrecognition within ritualization in order to show how the Didache misrecognizes its own discourse of sacrifice.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R38M42
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License granted by Ryan Olfert (rolfert@ualberta.ca) on 2011-06-21T21:34:24Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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