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Handbook of Early Christianity: Social Science Approaches
     

Handbook of Early Christianity: Social Science Approaches

by Anthony J. Blasi (Editor), Jean Duhaime (Editor), Paul-Andre Turcotte (Editor), David G. Horrell (Contribution by), Carolyn Osiek (Contribution by)
 

The Christian movement emerged amidst complex social tensions, power politics, ethnic diversity, economic stress, and cultural changes. Both biblical scholars and social scientists find that a social scientific study of early Christian phenomena yields fascinating results. However, biblical scholars are sometimes unaware of the breadth of the useful social

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The Christian movement emerged amidst complex social tensions, power politics, ethnic diversity, economic stress, and cultural changes. Both biblical scholars and social scientists find that a social scientific study of early Christian phenomena yields fascinating results. However, biblical scholars are sometimes unaware of the breadth of the useful social scientific concepts and techniques, and social scientists sometimes lack the most basic background in literary research methods. The Handbook of Early Christianity provides a much needed overview for biblical scholars and social scientists alike. Drawing on perspectives from anthropology, archaeology, economics, history, literary analysis, psychology, political science, and sociology, the Handbook shows the myriad and complementary approaches that shed light on Christianity's formation and early development. Twenty-seven chapters from leading scholars along with a comprehensive bibliography make this an essential reference for anyone wishing to understand the social dynamics of Christianity's birth.

Editorial Reviews

Bridges
Insightful... the book [belongs] in every library that has an interest in the social-scientific analysis of earliest Christianity.
— Michael J. Gorman, The Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary's Seminary & University
Sociology Of Religion
A helpful introduction to socio-scientific methods for interpreting the New Testament and reconstructing first-century Christianity…an enormous resource for sociologists and New Testament scholars alike who are attempting to understand each other's disciplines and their intersection.
Choice
Grouped under six topic headings, the 27 contributions include both topical surveys and case studies illustrating applied theory. Three articles introduce New Testament social scientific criticism. The selected articles that follow reflect accurately the volume's title by covering specific, but often neglected, social-scientific approaches such as archaeology, literary criticism, stylometric analysis, rhetorical criticism, psychology of religion, and structuralism alongside expected sociological topics like the sociology of knowledge, group formation and identity, the politics of power, and economics... The volume's comprehensive bibliography is ... complemented by lists of both ancient authors and compilations of ancient sources, along with author, biblical citation, and subject indexes.
— J. C. Hanges, Miami University
Sociology of Religion
A helpful introduction to socio-scientific methods for interpreting the New Testament and reconstructing first-century Christianity…an enormous resource for sociologists and New Testament scholars alike who are attempting to understand each other's disciplines and their intersection.
Bridges - Michael J. Gorman
Insightful... the book [belongs] in every library that has an interest in the social-scientific analysis of earliest Christianity.
Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review
A helpful introduction to socio-scientific methods for interpreting the New Testament and reconstructing first-century Christianity…an enormous resource for sociologists and New Testament scholars alike who are attempting to understand each other's disciplines and their intersection.
CHOICE - J. C. Hanges
Grouped under six topic headings, the 27 contributions include both topical surveys and case studies illustrating applied theory. Three articles introduce New Testament social scientific criticism. The selected articles that follow reflect accurately the volume's title by covering specific, but often neglected, social-scientific approaches such as archaeology, literary criticism, stylometric analysis, rhetorical criticism, psychology of religion, and structuralism alongside expected sociological topics like the sociology of knowledge, group formation and identity, the politics of power, and economics... The volume's comprehensive bibliography is ... complemented by lists of both ancient authors and compilations of ancient sources, along with author, biblical citation, and subject indexes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759100152
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
08/15/2002
Pages:
832
Sales rank:
944,673
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.22(h) x 2.23(d)

Meet the Author

Anthony J. Blasi holds a B.A. in history from St. Edward's University in Texas, an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in biblical studies from the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, an S.T.L. from Regis College in Toronto, and a conjoint Th.D. from Regis College and the University of Toronto. He is a professor of sociology at Tennessee State University in Nashville. His books include A Phenomenological Transformation of the Social Scientific Study of Religion (1985), Moral Conflict and Christian Religion (1988), Early Christianity as a Social Movement (1989), Making Charisma: The Social Construction of Paul's Public Image (1991), A Sociology of Johannine Christianity (1996), and Organized Religion and Seniors' Mental Health (1999). He is past president of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. Jean Duhaime earned a B.A. from the Séminaire de Chicoutimi; a Bachelor's in Secondary-level Religious Education from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi; a Licentiate in religious studies, an M.A. in theology-biblical studies, and an M.Sc in sociology from the Université de Montréal; and a Diplôme from the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem. Duhaime is professeur titulaire [full professor] d'interprétation de la Bible at the Faculté de Théologie at the Université de Montréal. His books include Entendre la voix du Dieu vivant (coeditor, 1994), Loi et autonomie dans la Bible et la tradition chrétienne (coeditor, 1994), L'adhésion à la conscience de Krishna aux États-Unis vers 1970 (1996). His works have also appeared in the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Revue de Qumrâ, Revue Scriptura, Religiologiques, and Église et Théologie. Paul-André Turcotte holds a B.A., M.A., and Lic. from the Université de Montréal; a B. Péd. from the Université Laval; a Ph.D. in social sciences from the Ecole des Hautes Études in Sciences Sociales in Par

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