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Reading and time: two approaches to the materiality of scripture

Engelke, Matthew (2009) Reading and time: two approaches to the materiality of scripture. Ethnos, 74 (2). pp. 151-174. ISSN 0014-1844

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00141840902940450


In this article I examine Christian approaches to conceptions of time as expressed in approaches to reading the Bible. The first main focus in this effort is upon the work of Saint Augustine, whose arguments about the connections between reading and time have been, as I try to show, very influential. The second main focus is more ethnographic in nature, and comes from my work in Zimbabwe on a small group of apostolic Christians whose views differ significantly from Augustine. These two cases are framed by some more general remarks on Christian temporalities, as well as a call for the newly-emerging interest in the anthropology of Christianity to take note of more general work on literacy and the ethnography of reading.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Anthropology
LSE Human Rights
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 14:19
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:56

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