Understanding the Social World of the New Testament

ISBN-10: 0415775825

ISBN-13: 9780415775823

Edition: 2010

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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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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 11/25/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Identity
Collectivism in Mediterranean Culture
Kinship and Family in the New Testament World
Constructions of Gender in the Roman Imperial World
Memory Theory: Cultural and Cognitive Approaches to the Gospel Tradition
Ethnicity and Paul's Letter to the Romans
Landscape and Spatiallty: Placing Jesus
Interaction and Social Engagement
Honor: Core Value in the Biblical World
Altered States of Consciousness: Visions, Spirit Possession, Sky Journeys
Jesus's Healing Activity: Political Acts?
Social Stratification and Patronage in Ancient Mediterranean Societies
Brokerage: Jesus as Social Entrepreneur
Urban Structure and Patronage: Christ Followers in Corinth
Ancient Economy and the New Testament
Purity, Dirt, Anomalies, and Abominations
Ritual and Christian Origins
Glossary
Bibliography
Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Subjects
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