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2. It's All in How You Look at It: The Eyes and Morality in Matthew 6:22-23


 
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1. Title Title of document 2. It's All in How You Look at It: The Eyes and Morality in Matthew 6:22-23 - Social and Cognitive Perspectives on the Sermon on the Mount
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Colleen Shantz; University of Toronto; Canada
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Ancient History
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Biblical studies; Sermon on the Mount; cognitive religion;
 
5. Subject Subject classification Biblical Studies
 
6. Description Abstract Colleen Shantz’s contribution investigates the intriguing saying about the eye as a lamp (6:22-23). Seeing is embodied and enactive. From the beginning of life, the embodied character of the human visual system affects how and what we know, as well as what is possible for the purpose of acting in the world. With this fact in mind, Shantz employs the growing research field of embodied, embedded, enactive and extended cognition (the four E’s) to renew the analysis of how the saying might appeal to the listener. Jesus’s saying about the “evil eye” is embedded in an agonistic culture where the jealous gaze was considered a dangerous force. Thus, the cultural construct of the evil eye weaves morality into the perceptual potentials of vision. Studies of infants and children reveal our deep-seated capacity to use our eyes in our interaction with other humans and to take the perspective of others. The eye is therefore central to reciprocal action. Moreover, cognition is enacted, that is, not mere perception, but arises from a combination of the visual input and intent of the seer. What you see depends on your motivation. The enacted understanding of vision allows us to understand the saying about the eye as a lamp, since a lamp acts on the world with its light. How you see is also how you act.


 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 06-Oct-2021
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/32045
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.32045
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Social and Cognitive Perspectives on the Sermon on the Mount
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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