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From the Publisher"At long last, there is now a sustained analysis of how conservative Protestants collectively generate and disseminate scriptural interpretations. And it turns out that the process is rarely smooth and easy. Bielo's book shows how the Bible is a living document—a source of both discussion and debate—among conservative Christians."
-John P. Bartkowski,author of The Promise Keepers: Servants, Soldiers, and Godly Men
“Bielo examines the importance of bible study for evangelical belief, institutional life, and interaction with nonbelievers. In analyzing the vitality of these groups, Bielo also adds complexity to our understanding of the intellectual processes of biblical literalists... Bielo has created a useful analysis of an underrecognized (sic) civic activity and has illuminated the complexity of evangelical intellectual processes.”-American Ethnologist
“The book advances scholarly understanding of an important practice that shapes the community, piety, and politics of many Americans each week. The book is also a model for sophisticated ethnographic work on religious practices.”
“Words Upon the Word is a model of ethnographic reflexivity and methodological transparency. . .ethnographies like this one will remind everyone else that, to some extent, they may still be right.”
-Omri Elisha,CUNY Queens College
“Bielo’s use of discourse theory is among the best I have seen in terms of its clarity and coherence. Simply put, at every point in the book the reader knows exactly what Bielo is talking about, what its implications are, and how it relates to empirical evidence. The book is a pleasure to read... Overall, Bielo’s study offers important claims about evangelical Christian culture and biblicist practices supported by a first-rate ethnography and clear analysis. It is recommended for all students of U.S. religiosity, Christianity, and reading.”-American Anthropologist