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

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

by James Bielo
     
 

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What do Christians do with the Bible? How do theyùindividually and collectivelyùinteract 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…  See more details below

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What do Christians do with the Bible? How do theyùindividually and collectivelyùinteract 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813546056
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Series:
Signifying on Scriptures
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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James S. Bielo is a visiting assistant professor in the department of anthropology at Miami University in Ohio.

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