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dc.contributor.advisorMirecki, Paul
dc.contributor.authorBeard-Shouse, Melody Gabrielle
dc.description.abstractThis study will discuss the original form, function, and meaning of the circle dance of the cross found in AJohn and determine whether it represents an early Christian ritual practice. This study will assess the evidence concerning the circle dance ritual within AJohn. Furthermore, a comparative examination of other relevant sources will shed further light on the circle in AJohn. This paper will offer a hypothetical reconstruction of the circle dance ritual. Ultimately this study will show that the early Christian ritual recorded in AJohn was in fact an actual ritual and is representative of early Christian plurality. Furthermore, it will illustrate that the ritual draws heavily on Greek philosophical understandings of circle dances representing order and disorder. The study will conclude that this ritual was ecstatic in character, and that it was individually transformative.
dc.format.extent70 pages
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
dc.rightsThis item is protected by copyright and unless otherwise specified the copyright of this thesis/dissertation is held by the author.
dc.subjectAncient history
dc.subjectActs of John
dc.subjectChristian dance
dc.subjectCircle dance
dc.subjectDancing Christ
dc.subjectGospel of the savior
dc.subjectRitual dance
dc.titleThe Circle Dance of the Cross in the Acts of John: An Early Christian Ritual
dc.contributor.cmtememberZogry, Michael
dc.contributor.cmtememberCorbeill, Anthony
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineReligious Studies
kusw.oapolicyThis item does not meet KU Open Access policy criteria.

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