Social Science and the Christian Scriptures, Volume 1: Sociological Introductions and New Translation

Social Science and the Christian Scriptures, Volume 1: Sociological Introductions and New Translation

by Anthony J. Blasi

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Social Science and the Christian Scriptures, Volume 1: Sociological Introductions and New Translation by Anthony J. Blasi

Sociologist Anthony Blasi analyzes early Christianity using multiple social scientific theories, including those of Max Weber, Georg Simmel, Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, Max Scheler, Alfred Schutz, and contemporary theorists. He investigates the canonical New Testament books as representative of early Christianity, a sample based on usage, and he takes the books in the chronological order in which they were written. The result is a series of "stills" that depict the movement at different stages in its development. His approaches, often neglected in New Testament studies, include such sociological subfields as sect theory, the routinization of charisma, conflict, stratification theory, stigma, the sociology of knowledge, new religions, the sociology of secrecy, marginality, liminality, syncretism, the social role of intellectuals, the poor person as a type, the sick role, degradation ceremonies, populism, the sociology of migration, the sociology of time, mergers, the sociology of law, and the sociology of written communication. Needing to treat the New Testament text as social data, Blasi uses his background in biblical studies and a review of a vast literature to establish the chronology of the compositions of the New Testament books and to present the "data" in a new translation that is accessible to non-specialists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532611506
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/13/2017
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Anthony J. Blasi earned an MA and PhD in sociology at the University of Notre Dame, an MA in biblical studies at the University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, and a ThD at the University of Toronto/Regis College. He has served as president of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and editor of the Review of Religious Research. He retired from the Department of Sociology at Tennessee State University in 2012.

Table of Contents

Volume 1

Chapter 1 Introduction: Social Science and the Christian Scriptures 1

Chapter 2 The (First) Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians 11

Introduction

End-Time Consciousness

English Translation

The (First) Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians

Chapter 3 Paul's Letter to the Galatians 23

Introduction

Charisma

Commensalism

Conflict

Adoption

English Translation

Paul's Letter to the Galatians

Chapter 4 First Letters of Paul to the Corinthians 42

Introduction

Stratification

Gendered Stratification

Movement, Sect, Church

English Translations

Fragment from the Previous Letter (Second Corinthians 6.14-7.1)

The Canonical First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians

Chapter 5 The Subsequent Corinthian Correspondence 78

Introduction

Methodology

Stigma

English Translations

2 Corinthians 10-13

2 Corinthians 2:14-6:13, 7:2-4

2 Corinthians 1:1-2:13, 7:5-8:24

2 Corinthians 9

Chapter 6 The Letter of Paul to Philemon 97

Introduction

Slavery

English Translation

Letter of Paul to Philemon

Chapter 7 The Letter of Paul to the Philippians 104

Introduction

Female Leadership

The Christian Movement and the State

English Translation

Letter of Paul to the Philippians

Chapter 8 The Letter of Paul to the Romans 116

Introduction

The Sociology of Knowledge and Theology

The Issue of Unnatural Sexual Relations

Feminist Aspects of the Letter of Recommendation for Phoebe

English Translations

The Letter of Paul to the Romans (1-15)

Paul's Recommendation for Phoebe to the Churches of Ephesus (Rom 16:1-24)

Chapter 9 To the Hebrews 150

Introduction

New Religious Movements

English Translation

To the Hebrews

Chapter 10 The Gospel of Mark 176

Introduction

Secrecy and the Sociology of Secrets and Secret Societies

Therapeutic Miracles

Pharisees

English Translation

Gospel of Mark

Appearance Legends Added to Mark

References 229

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