Understanding the Social World of the New Testament / Edition 1

Understanding the Social World of the New Testament / Edition 1

by Dietmar Neufeld
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415775817

ISBN-13: 9780415775816

Pub. Date: 01/07/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The New Testament is a book of great significance in Western culture yet is often inaccessible to students because the modern world differs so significantly from the ancient Mediterranean one in which it was written. It is imperative to develop a cross-cultural understanding of the values of the ancient Mediterranean society from which the New Testament arose in

Overview

The New Testament is a book of great significance in Western culture yet is often inaccessible to students because the modern world differs so significantly from the ancient Mediterranean one in which it was written. It is imperative to develop a cross-cultural understanding of the values of the ancient Mediterranean society from which the New Testament arose in order to fully appreciate the documents and the communities that they represent.

Dietmar Neufeld and Richard E. DeMaris bring together anthropologists and social scientists to develop interpretative models for understanding such values as collectivism, kinship, memory, ethnicity, and honour, and to demonstrate how to apply these models to the New Testament texts. Kinship is illuminated by analysis of the Holy Family as well as to early Christian organisations; gender through a study of Paul's view of women; and landscape and spatiality through a discussion of Jesus of Nazareth. This book is the ideal companion to study of the New Testament.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415775816
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/07/2010
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

List of Contributors viii

Preface xii

Abbreviations xiv

Introduction Richard E. DeMari Dietmar Neufeld 1

Part I Identity 15

1 Collectivism in Mediterranean Culture Bruce J. Malina 17

2 Kinship and Family in the New Testament World Margaret Y. MacDonald 29

3 Constructions of Gender in the Roman Imperial World Carolyn Osiek Jennifer Pouya 44

4 Memory Theory: Cultural and Cognitive Approaches to the Gospel Tradition Alan Kirk 57

5 Ethnicity and Paul's Letter to the Romans Dennis C. Duling 68

6 Landscape and Spatiallty: Placing Jesus Halvor Moxnes 90

Part II Interaction and Social Engagement 107

7 Honor: Core Value in the Biblical World Richard L. Rohrbaugh 109

8 Altered States of Consciousness: Visions, Spirit Possession, Sky Journeys Pieter F. Craffert 126

9 Jesus's Healing Activity: Political Acts? John J. Pilch 147

10 Social Stratification and Patronage in Ancient Mediterranean Societies Eric C. Stewart 156

11 Brokerage: Jesus as Social Entrepreneur Alicia Batten 167

12 Urban Structure and Patronage: Christ Followers in Corinth Peter Oakes 178

13 Ancient Economy and the New Testament David A. Fiensy 194

14 Purity, Dirt, Anomalies, and Abominations Ritva H. Williams 207

15 Ritual and Christian Origins Risto Uro 220

Glossary 233

Bibliography 240

Index of Ancient Sources 269

Index of Modern Authors 277

Index of Subjects 283

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