The Social World of Jesus and the Gospels

The Social World of Jesus and the Gospels

by Bruce J. Malina, J. Malina Bruce
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415146291

ISBN-13: 9780415146296

Pub. Date: 12/28/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In order to interpret historical writings, the reader must not employ their modern understanding of the world, but must strive to grasp the mindset of the original audience. To assist the twentieth-century New Testament reader in understanding the literal meaning of the New Testament is the goal of this collection of essays. The Social World of Jesus and the

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In order to interpret historical writings, the reader must not employ their modern understanding of the world, but must strive to grasp the mindset of the original audience. To assist the twentieth-century New Testament reader in understanding the literal meaning of the New Testament is the goal of this collection of essays. The Social World of Jesus and the Gospels provides the reader with a set of possible scenarios for reading the New Testament: How did first-century persons think about themselves and others? Did they think Jesus was a charismatic leader? Why did they call God 'father'? Were they concerned with their gender roles?
The eight essays in this collection were previously published in books and journals generally not available to many readers. Carefully selected and edited, this collection will be both an introduction and an invaluable source of reference to Bruce Malina's thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415146296
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Reading Theory Perspectives3
2First-Century Mediterranean Persons: A Preliminary View35
3The Mediterranean Self: A Social Psychological Model67
4Mary and Jesus: Mediterranean Mother and Son97
5Was Jesus a Charismatic Leader?123
6Patron and Client: The Analogy Behind Synoptic Theology143
7Christ and Time: Swiss or Mediterranean?179
8The Received View and What It Cannot Do217
Index242

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