The Social Life of Scriptures: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism

The Social Life of Scriptures: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism

by James Bielo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813546060

ISBN-13: 9780813546063

Pub. Date: 09/15/2009

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

What do Christians do with the Bible? How do they—individually and collectively—interact with the sacred texts? Why does this engagement shift so drastically among and between social, historical, religious, and institutional contexts? Such questions are addressed in a most enlightening, engaging, and original way in The Social Life of Scriptures.

Overview

What do Christians do with the Bible? How do they—individually and collectively—interact with the sacred texts? Why does this engagement shift so drastically among and between social, historical, religious, and institutional contexts? Such questions are addressed in a most enlightening, engaging, and original way in The Social Life of Scriptures.

Contributors offer a collection of closely analyzed and carefully conducted ethnographic and historical case studies, covering a range of geographic, theological, and cultural territory, including: American evangelicals and charismatics; Jamaican Rastafarians; evangelical and Catholic Mayans; Northern Irish charismatics; Nigerian Anglicans; and Chinese evangelicals in the United States.

The Social Life of Scriptures is the first book to present an eclectic, cross-cultural, and comparative investigation of Bible use. Moreover, it models an important movement to outline a framework for how scriptures are implicated in organizing social structures and meanings, with specific foci on gender, ethnicity, agency, and power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813546063
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Series:
Signifying on Scriptures
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Encountering Biblicism The Trouble with Good News
"In the Beginning"
The Man is the Head"
The Word of God and "Our Words"
How Q'eqchi'-Maya Catholics Become Legitimate Interpreters of the Bible
"We Are Anglicans, They Are the Church of England"
Chinese American Christian Women of New England The Bones Restored to Life:
Textual Ideology, Textual Practice Revolve, the Biblezine Understanding the Bible's Influence The Social Life of the Bible

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