The Social World of Jesus and the Gospels

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415146296
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,091,479
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Reading Theory Perspectives 3
2 First-Century Mediterranean Persons: A Preliminary View 35
3 The Mediterranean Self: A Social Psychological Model 67
4 Mary and Jesus: Mediterranean Mother and Son 97
5 Was Jesus a Charismatic Leader? 123
6 Patron and Client: The Analogy Behind Synoptic Theology 143
7 Christ and Time: Swiss or Mediterranean? 179
8 The Received View and What It Cannot Do 217
Index 242
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