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A lineage in land: the transmission of Palestinian Christianity

Goodgame, Clayton (2023) A lineage in land: the transmission of Palestinian Christianity. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 29 (3). pp. 670-691. ISSN 1359-0987

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-9655.13960


This article examines a Christian tradition defined by descent, but a descent that extends beyond family lineages to include relatedness with saints and sacred land. This tradition emerges from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, one of the oldest churches in the world, composed of a Palestinian laity and a Greek monastic hierarchy. Through an ethnography of the Orthodox feast of St George and the ritual use of olive oil from Palestinian villages, the article frames discussion of indigeneity, land, and rootedness around the concept of descent. Putting Palestinian Orthodoxy in conversation with kinship theory and the critique of social structure, it argues against sequestering divine and human forms of relatedness in separate social domains. It suggests the concept of descent can be a powerful tool for integrating them when expanded to include all ‘forces that bring forth life’.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2023 13:54
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2024 16:45

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