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Czachesz, Istvan

Professor of Biblical Studies Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology
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Early Christianity, Cognitive Science of Religion, Digital Humanities

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Selected books:

Cognitive Science and the New Testament: A New Approach to Early Christian Research. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

The Grotesque Body in Early Christian Literature: Hell, Scatology and Metamorphosis. London and New York: Routledge, 2014.

Commission Narratives: A Comparative Study of the Canonical and Apocryphal Acts. Leuven: Peeters, 2007.

Selected articles:

"Evolutionary theory on the move: New perspectives on evolution in the cognitive science of religion," Unisinos Journal of Philosophy 19(3), 2018, pp. 263-271.

"Visionary Practices in the Fourth Book of Ezra," in J.N. Bremmer, V. Hirschberger, and T. Nicklas (eds), Figures of Ezra, Leuven: Peeters, 2018, pp. 51-78.

"Armaments and Ornaments: Mate-Guarding and the Origins of Religion," Religion, Brain & Behavior, 2018, doi:10.1080/2153599X.2018.1498014.

"Cognition, Culture, and Religion: Surveying the Field," in N. Clements (ed), Religion: Mental Religion, Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbook of Religion, Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2017, pp. 197-217.

"Die unbeholfenen Zauberlehrlinge in Ephesus (Die Söhne des Skevas): Apg. 19.11-17" (The Sorcerer’s Clumsy Apprentices; The Sons of Sceva; Acts 19:11-17) in R. Zimmermann et al. (eds), Kompendium der frühchristlichen Wundererzählungen. Band 2: Die Wunder der Apostel, Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2017, pp. 257-267.

"'Unser Sohn ist Magier geworden!' (Wunderbare Brandlöschung in Philippi): ActAndr(Greg) 12" (Our Son has Become a Magician!: Miraculous Extinguishing of Fire, Acts of Andrew 12), in R. Zimmermann et al. (eds), Kompendium der frühchristlichen Wundererzählungen. Band 2: Die Wunder der Apostel, Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2017, pp. 801-806.

"Cultural Evolution and Biblical Studies," in C. Gianotto and F. Sbardella (eds), Traiettorie antropologiche e storiche. Un omaggio ad Adriana Destro, Brescia: Morcelliana, 2017, pp. 239-255.

"Religious Experience Behind the Account of Isaiah’s Ascent to Heaven: Insights from Cognitive Science," in J.N. Bremmer, T.R. Karmann and T. Nicklas (eds), The Ascension of Isaiah, Leuven: Peeters, 2016, pp. 235-257.

"From Mirror Neurons to Morality: Cognitive and Evolutionary Foundations of Early Christian Ethics," in U. Volp, F.W. Horn, and R. Zimmermann (eds), Metapher – Narratio – Mimesis – Doxologie: Begründungsformen im frühchristlicher und antiker Ethik, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016, pp. 271-287.

"Network Analysis of Biblical Texts," Journal of Cognitive Historiography 3, 2016, pp. 43-67.

"Tours of heaven in light of the neuroscientific study of religious experience," Journal of Cognitive Historiography 2, 2015, pp. 34-54.

"How Can Evolutionary Theory Contritute to Biblical Studies?," in D.J. Chalcraft, R. Watson and F. Uhlenbruch (eds), New Directions in Biblical Studies: Social Scientific and Cultural Approaches, Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2014, pp. 16-38.

"How to Read Miracle Stories with Cognitive Theory: On Harry Potter, Magic, and Miracle," in R. Zimmermann and B. Kollmann (eds), Hermeneutik der frühchristlichen Wundererzählungen, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014, pp. 391-404.

"Jesus' Religious Experience in the Gospels: Toward a Cognitive Neuroscience Approach," in P. von Gemünden, D. G. Horrell and M. Küchler (eds), Jesus. Rezeptionen des Galiläers in Wissenschaft, Kirche und Gesellschaft. FS Gerd Theissen, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013, pp. 553-580.

"The Evolutionary Dynamics of Religious Systems: Laying the Foundations of a Network Model," in A.W. Geertz (ed), Origins of Religion, Cognition and Culture, Durham: Acumen, 2013, pp. 98-120.

Spring 2021

Jesus - from Nazareth to Hollywood

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In my research, I combine the historical study of ancient religions with insights from the natural sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary theory, and computer modeling. In addition to my core teaching duties in Biblical Studies, I also lecture broadly on the religious history of the ancient Mediterranean world, which often brings to my courses students from various programs. One of my passions is to introduce scientific approaches into historical research. The big question I would like to answer is whether religion has increased human wellbeing in history.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles. Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online 2020. ISSN 2589-7993.s doi: 10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00002686.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. The Bible As a Product of Cultural Evolution. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2020 ISBN 9783525573174.

  • Apud Pelaez, Ismael; Czachesz, Istvan. Creencias, Rituales y Memoria. Una introducción a la Ciencia Cognitiva de la Religión. (Fulltekst: https://revista.psico.edu.uy/index.php/revpsicologia/article/view/394 Psicología, Conocimiento y Sociedad 2019; Volum 9 (1). ISSN 1688-7026.s 229 - 257.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Visions with Authority: Reconsidering the Origins and Transmission of Apocalyptic Visions, with Special Attention to Jewish and Christian Pseudepigrapha. Mohr Siebeck 2019 (Hefte) ISBN 9783161570254. ISSN 0512-1604.s 207 - 226.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Christian Beginnings and Cultural Evolution. Bloomsbury Academic 2019 ISBN 9781350078123.s 162 - 178.s doi: 10.5040/9781350078130.ch-011.

  • Czachesz, Istvan; Theissen, Gerd. Cognitive Science in Biblical Interpretation. Bloomsbury Academic 2019 ISBN 9781350078123.s 13 - 39.s doi: 10.5040/9781350078130.ch-002.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Introduction: Cognition, Evolution, and Biblical Exegesis. Bloomsbury Academic 2019 ISBN 9781350078123.s 1 - 12.s doi: 10.5040/9781350078130.ch-001.

  • Apud, Ismael; Czachesz, Istvan. The neuropsychology of religious experience. A review of different scientific approaches to the phenomenon / Neuropsicologia de la experiencia religiosa. Una revision de distintas aproximaciones cientificas al fenomeno. Estudios de Psicología 2019; Volum 40 (2). ISSN 0210-9395.s 338 - 362.s doi: 10.1080/02109395.2019.1596373.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Visionary Practices in the Fourth Book of Ezra. Peeters Publishers 2018 ISBN 978-90-429-3530-3.s 51 - 78.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Magic. Oxford University Press 2018 ISBN 0191065064.s 187 - 203.s doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198747871.013.11.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Ritual and Transmission. Oxford University Press 2018 ISBN 0191065064.s 115 - 133.s doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198747871.013.7.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Evolutionary theory on the move: New perspectives on evolution in the cognitive science of religion. Filosofia Unisinos 2018; Volum 19 (3). ISSN 1519-5023.s 263 - 271.s doi: 10.4013/fsu.2018.193.08.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Armaments and ornaments: mate-guarding and the evolutionary roots of religion. Religion, Brain and Behavior 2018. ISSN 2153-599X.s 1 - 19.s doi: 10.1080/2153599X.2018.1498014.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Cultural Evolution and Biblical Studies. 2017 ISBN 978-88-372-3152-1.s 239 - 255.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. God is Fractals. Recursiveness as a Key to Religious Behavior. LIT Verlag 2017 ISBN 978-3-643-13324-3.s 261 - 282.s doi: 10.1163/157006812x632856.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Kontraintuitive Ideen im urcristlichen Denken. Welche Überzeugungen haben sich im frühen Christentum durchgesetzt?. LIT Verlag 2017 ISBN 978-3-643-13324-3.s 147 - 158.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Theologische Innovation und Sozialstruktur im Urchristentums. Eine kognitive Analyse seiner Ausbreitungsdynamik. LIT Verlag 2017 ISBN 978-3-643-13324-3.s 111 - 126.s doi: 10.14315/evth-2011-71-4-259.

  • Czachesz, Istvan; Theissen, Gerd. Kognitive Ansätze in der Exegese. Ihr Beitrag zur methodischen Erforschung der Bibel. LIT Verlag 2017 ISBN 978-3-643-13324-3.s 31 - 65.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Morality, Networks, and Cultural Evolution: A Short Commentary. Brill Academic Publishers 2017 ISBN 9789004312326.s 198 - 206.s doi: 10.1163/9789004343535_013.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Die unbeholfenen Zauberlehrlinge in Ephesus (Die Söhne des Skevas): Apg. 19.11-17. Gütersloher Verlagshaus 2017 ISBN 978-3-579-08121-2.s 257 - 267.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Hinführung zu den Wundererzählungen in den Andreasakten. Gütersloher Verlagshaus 2017 ISBN 978-3-579-08121-2.s 773 - 785.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Die Wundergerzählungen in den Philippusakten: Hinführung. Gütersloher Verlagshaus 2017 ISBN 978-3-579-08121-2.s 919 - 926.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. "Unser Sohn ist Magier geworden!" (Wunderbare Brandlöschung in Philippi): ActAndr(Greg) 12. Gütersloher Verlagshaus 2017 ISBN 978-3-579-08121-2.s 801 - 806.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. "Selbstwachsende Saat" vorgeführt (Gesätes Korn wächst und reift in wenigen Stunden): ActPetrAndr 3-5. Gütersloher Verlagshaus 2017 ISBN 978-3-579-08121-2.s 895 - 901.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Cognition, Culture, and Religion: Surveying the Field. Macmillan Publishers Ltd. 2016 ISBN 9780028663531.s 197 - 217.

  • Nikolsky, Ronit; Czachesz, Istvan; Tappenden, Frederick S.; Biro, Tamas. Language, Cognition, and Biblical Exegesis: Interpreting Minds. Bloomsbury Academic 2019 ISBN 9781350078123.s 1 - 12.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Cognitive Science and the New Testament: A New Approach to early Christian Research. Oxford University Press 2017 ISBN 978–0–19–877986–5.

  • Theissen, Gerd; Common, Chan; Czachesz, Istvan. Kontraintuitivität und Paradoxie. Zur kognitiven Analyse des urchristlichen Glaubens. LIT Verlag 2017 ISBN 978-3-643-13324-3.s 31 - 65.

  • Zimmermann, Ruben; Czachesz, Istvan; Kollmann, Bernd; Luther, Susanne; Merz, Annette; Nicklas, Tobias. Die Wunder der Apostel. Kompendium der frühchristlichen Wundererzählungen, Band 2. Gütersloher Verlagshaus 2017 ISBN 978-3-579-08121-2.s 257 - 267.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Cognitive Science Approaches in Biblical Studies. Oxford University Press 2017 ISBN 0-19-539336-8.s doi: 10.1093/obo/9780195393361-0238.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Cognitive Science and the New Testament. The Bible and Interpretation 2017.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Cognitive Science Approaches in Biblical Studies. Oxford University Press 2017 ISBN 0-19-539336-8.s doi: 10.1093/obo/9780195393361-0238.

  • Czachesz, Istvan. Cognitive Science and the New Testament. The Bible and Interpretation 2017.

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