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De-Introducing the New Testament: Texts, Worlds, Methods, Stories / Edition 1

De-Introducing the New Testament: Texts, Worlds, Methods, Stories / Edition 1

by Todd Penner, Davina LopezTodd Penner
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In De-Introducing the New Testament, the authors argue for a renewed commitment to the defamiliarizing power of New Testament studies and a reclaiming of the discipline as one that exemplifies the best practices of the humanities.

  • A new approach that asks us to ‘defamiliarize’ what we think we know about the New Testament, articulating themes and questions about its study that encourage further reflection and engagement
  • Looks behind the traditional ways in which the NT is “introduced” to critically engage the conceptual framework of the field as a whole
  • Provides a critical intervention into several methodological impasses in contemporary NT scholarship
  • Offers an appraisal of the relationship between economics and culture in the production of NT scholarship
  • Written in a style that is clear and concise, ideal for student readership

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405187688
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/08/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Davina C. Lopez is the author of Apostle to the Conquered: Reimagining Paul's Mission (2008).

Todd Penner is the author of Contextualizing Gender in Early Christian Discourse (with Caroline Vander Stichele, 2009) and In Praise of Christian Origins: Stephen and the Hellenists in Lukan Apologetic Historiography (2004).

Both Lopez and Penner conducted research for this book as scholars-in-residence at the Burke Library of Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University between 2010 and 2011. In addition, they are both Senior Editors for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies (2014) and have co-authored numerous essays together related to method and its consequence for interpretation in the study of the New Testament.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

(De-)Introduction 1

Seeing Old Stones Anew 1

Introducing the New Testament as Introducing Traditional

New Testament Scholarship 4

Introducing Criticisms of Traditional New Testament Scholarship 9

Introducing De-Introducing the New Testament 17

1 The Order of New Testament Things: Questioning Methods and Meanings 25

The Bone-Box of James, “the Brother of Jesus” 25

Ways of Knowing a Subject of Study 31

Ordering Principles in the Study of the New Testament 35

Ways of Knowing New Testament “Things” 62

2 Foregrounding New Testament Backgrounds: Contextualizing Interpretation 71

Jew” or “Judean”? The Present Confronts the Past 71

Introducing the New Testament: Making Meaning with the Context 76

Backgrounding the Backgrounds Approach 83

Backgrounding the Character of Early Christianity: Liberty against Tyranny 97

Contexts Matter, Ancient and Modern 110

3 Objects, Objectives, and Objectivities: Material and Visual Culture and New Testament Studies 119

Of Fragments and Forgeries 119

Archaeology and the Making of Objects 122

Excavating Discourses that Produce Ancient Objects 133

What Do We Do with Ancient Objects? 145

What Do We Want with Ancient Objects? 160

4 Brand(ish)ing Biblical Scholars(hip): New Testament Studies and Neoliberal Subjectivity 169

Who Can Be a “New Testament Scholar?” 169

Neoliberalism and the Politics of Identity 173

Branding as a Practice of Neoliberal Subjectivity 183

Branding New Testament Scholars(hip) 191

The One-Dimensional New Testament Scholar? 205

Back to the Future: Concluding Observations on History, Method, and Theory in New Testament Studies 215


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The critical focus in De-Introducing the New Testament on the modernist genre of writing and type of intellectual-cultural-political practice that is the “Introduction to the New Testament” is long overdue and much needed. The writers are bold and expansive in their critique and in their proposals. Their book merits serious attention. I hope it provokes sustained rethinking and reorientation.
Vincent L. Wimbush, Institute for Signifying Scriptures

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