New Testament World, Third Edition, Revised And Expanded / Edition 3

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A classroom standard for two decades, The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology has introduced students to both the New Testament and the social-scientific study of the New Testament. This revised and expanded third edition offers new chapters on envy and the Jesus movement, updates chapters from earlier editions, augments the bibliography, and offers student study questions.

This newly revised edition of The New Testament World improves upon this already outstanding volume by adding inclusive language, by providing examples that are familiar to today's students, and by including an improved bibliography of introductory works. "A welcome tool . . . for anyone who deals with ancient texts."--Carl R. Kazmierski, University of Ottawa.

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Written for undergraduate students who have little training in religion, this volume provides an accessible guide to the use of cultural anthropology as a tool for recreating the context of the society in which Jesus lived. Malina (theology, Creighton U.), whose detailed discussion conveys the richness of meaning contained in the New Testament, discusses the values of honor and shame, the first-century personality, its role as an individual and in a group, the perception of limited good, the evil eye, kinship and marriage, rules of purity, and group development. This edition contains updated bibliography for each chapter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664222956
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Edition description: Revised, Expand
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 1,474,973
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce J. Malina is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity of the Department of Theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1 Bible Study and Cultural Anthropology: Interpreting Texts Fairly 1
The Presuppositions Behind This Book 7
Nature, Culture, Person 8
Understanding Culture 12
The Bigger Picture - Cultural Cues 14
Why the Bigger Picture? Humans as Model-Makers 18
Models in Cultural Anthropology 20
2 Honor and Shame: Pivotal Values of the First-Century Mediterranean World 28
Understanding Honor 31
How Does a Person Get a Grant of Honor? 33
How Honor Is Acquired 34
Honor Symboled by Blood 38
Honor Symboled by Name 38
How Honor Is Displayed and Recognized 39
Honor and the Interpretation of a Challenge 42
Honor and Going to Court 44
Dimensions of Collective Honor 45
Honor and the Moral Division of Labor: The Double Standard 48
Toward Defining Honor and Shame 50
A Significant Clarification 53
Contrasting Childrearing Approaches 55
3 The First-Century Personality: The Individual and the Group 63
The First-Century Personality 63
Group-Oriented Personality 65
The Makeup of Human Beings: A Three-Zone Model 73
The Makeup of Human Beings and God 77
Contrasting U.S. Persons with Ancient Mediterraneans 82
4 The Perception of Limited Good: Maintaining One's Social Status 90
The Preindustrial City 90
Limited Good: A Basic Cue of Perception 94
The Honorable Person's Defensive Strategy 96
The Honorable Person's Dyadic Alliances 99
Limited Good and the Accumulation of Wealth 103
Limited Good and Personal Causality 107
Limited Good and the Structured Social World 110
5 Kinship and Marriage: Fusing Families Together 117
Kinship 117
Main Structural Features of the Kinship System Compared 119
Marriage 126
Marriage Strategies in the Bible 129
6 Clean and Unclean: Understanding Rules of Purity 149
Sacred and Profane 149
Purity: Clean and Unclean 152
Anomalies and Abominations 154
A Classification of Persons in Judaism 159
Classification of Clean and Unclean Animals 162
Sacrifice: The Process of Holy Offering 166
Christian Purity Arrangements 172
A Theological Conclusion 184
Index of Scripture References 187
Index of Subjects and Names 197
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