Windows On The World Of Jesus / Edition 1

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George Smith, a twentieth-century American, moved into a house with a large vineyard in the Eastern Mediterranean during the first century AD, going back in time and space. He needed help on his land and requested that individuals interested in work be at his place at 9 a.m. on August 8. No one showed up. Why not? This is just one of the sixty fun-to-read vignettes Bruce Malina cleverly presents in this book that explains the customs and culture of the world in which Jesus lived and taught. Each adventure depicts a twentieth-century North American encountering puzzling practices while visiting Judea during ancient times. These vignettes offer quick and easy access to the first-century Mediterranean world and relate to segments of the New Testament and other passages from the same cultural area.

"Malina has written an exceptionally clear, accessible and student-friendly introduction to the cultural world of Jesus and his disciples. The windows or scenarios of typical cultural scenes cover the basic range of values and behaviors characteristic of the different cultural world of the Bible."--Jerome H. Neyrey, author of 2 Peter, Jude.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664254575
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 604,421
  • Product dimensions: 0.45 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce J. Malina is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity of the Department of Theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Table of Contents

I Honor and Shame
1 Father and Sons 2
2 Father, Son, and Daughter 5
3 Heckling a Teacher 8
4 The Avenging Cuckold 11
5 Ungrateful Natives 13
6 The Violent Temple Guard 15
7 A Teacher Without Disciples 17
II General Interpersonal Behavior
8 Effeminate Males? 22
9 Open-hearted, Close-minded? 24
10 Hot-tempered? 26
11 Parents, Students, Teachers 29
12 Performance Isn't Everything 31
13 Alone Means with a Group 33
14 Age Counts More than Youth 35
15 The "Friendly" Teacher 37
16 The "Friendly" Mistress 39
17 A Seller's Market 42
III In-Group
18 A Friend of a Friend 48
19 Neighbors 50
20 Friendly or Nosey? 52
21 Unknown Friends 55
22 Landlords and Tenants 57
23 Boss or Patron? 59
24 Townmates 62
25 Trust or Competence? 65
26 Prospective Friends 67
27 Friends Feel Obligated 68
IV Intra-Family Relations
28 Boys and Girls, Not Children 72
29 Male Tasks, Female Tasks 76
30 Parents and Children 79
31 Mothers and Sons 82
32 Motherly Competition 85
V Out-Group
33 Polite Indifference 90
34 Outsiders Don't Count 92
35 How to Keep Friends 93
36 American Spoiled Children 95
37 Family Dropout 97
38 Rude Americans 99
VI Loving-Kindness
39 A Case of Bad Social Credit 104
40 The Obligated, Unhappy Brother 108
41 The Friend Who Meant Well 110
VII Common Values
42 Never Make a Mistake 114
43 Never Admit Ignorance 117
44 Schedules Are Not Important 120
45 There Is Nothing We Don't Know 122
46 Honor Before Efficiency 124
47 Becoming Indispensable 126
48 A Helping Hand? 130
49 Becoming Indispensable: Part II 133
50 Mind Your Own Opinions 135
51 Know-Who Is What Counts 137
52 Mind Your Own Status 142
53 More on Making Friends 146
54 Small Is Beautiful, of Course 149
55 Keep It in the Family 151
VIII Concept of Time
56 Clock Time and Event Time 156
57 Being on Time 158
58 Mediterranean Time Is Different 160
59 Time Without Clocks 162
60 Scheduling for the Present 166
61 Present Orientation 168
Concluding Overview 171
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