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

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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.


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  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion


  • the Gospel of Mark., diēgēma, performance, memory, orality, Narrativity, chreia
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-226
JournalTidsskrift for Teologi og Kirke
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)