Understanding the Social World of the New Testament / Edition 1

Understanding the Social World of the New Testament / Edition 1

by Dietmar Neufeld
     
 

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

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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.

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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

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Introduction Richard E. DeMaris DeMaris, Richard E. Dietmar Neufeld Neufeld, Dietmar 1

Pt. I Identity 15

1 Collectivism in Mediterranean Culture Bruce J. Malina Malina, Bruce J. 17

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

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

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

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

6 Landscape and Spatiality: Placing Jesus Halvor Moxnes Moxnes, Halvor 90

Pt. II Interaction and Social Engagement 107

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

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

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

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

11 Brokerage: Jesus as Social Entrepreneur Alicia Batten Batten, Alicia 167

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

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

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

15 Ritual and Christian Origins Risto Uro Uro, Risto 220

Glossary 233

Bibliography 240

Index of Ancient Sources 269

Index of Modern Authors 277

Index of Subjects 283

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