New Testament World Insights from Cultural Anthropology

ISBN-10: 0664222951

ISBN-13: 9780664222956

Edition: 3rd 2001 (Revised)

Authors: Bruce J. Malina

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 2/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 285
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Bible Study and Cultural Anthropology
Presuppositions behind This Book
Nature, Culture, Person
Understanding Culture
The Bigger Picture--Cultural Cues
Why the Bigger Picture--Humans as Model Makers
Models in Cultural Anthropology
Summary
References and Suggested Readings
Honor and Shame: Pivotal Values of the First-Century Mediterranean World
Understanding Honor
How Does a Person Get a Grant of Honor?
How Honor Is Acquired
Honor Symboled by Blood
Honor Symboled by Name
How Honor Is Displayed and Recognized
Honor and the Interpretation of a Challenge
Honor and Going to Court
Dimensions of Collective Honor
Honor and the Moral Division of Labor: The Double Standard
Toward Defining Honor and Shame
A Significant Clarification
Summary
References and Suggested Readings
The First-Century Personality: The Individual and the Group
The First-Century Personality
Group-Oriented Personality
The Makeup of Human Beings: A Three-Zone Model
The Makeup of Human Beings and God
Summary
References and Suggested Readings
The Perception of Limited Good: Maintaining One's Social Status
Ruralized Society
Kinship
Politics
City and Country
The Preindustrial City
Limited Good: A Basic Cue of Perception
The Honorable Person's Defensive Strategy
The Honorable Person's Dyadic Alliances
Limited Good and the Accumulation of Wealth
Limited Good and Personal Causality
Limited Good and the Structured Social World
Summary
References and Suggested Readings
Envy--The Most Grievous of All Evils: Envy and the Evil-Eye in the First-Century Mediterranean World
The Social Roots of Envy
Envy and Honor Concerns
Envy and Limited Good
Observing Envy
Evil Eye: Proof of Envy
Protection against the Evil Eye
Protection against Envy
Envy Is Not Jealousy
Envy Is Not Hate
Envy Enters the Ten Commandments
Summary
References and Suggested Readings
Kinship and Marriage: Fusing Families Together
Kinship
Main Structural Features of the Kinship System Compared
Marriage
Marriage Strategies in the Bible
The Patriarchal Immigrant Period
The Israelite Period
The Postexilic Period
The Pauline Period
The Post-Pauline Period
Summary
References and Suggested Readings
Clean and Unclean: Understanding Rules of Purity
Sacred and Profane
Purity: Clean and Unclean
Anomalies and Abominations
General Israelite Perspectives
Classification of Persons in Israel
Classification of Clean and Unclean Animals
Sanctifying and Sacrifice
Purity Arrangements in Post-Jesus Groups
Summary
References and Suggested Readings
How Jesus Groups Evolved: Understanding Group Development
Why Small Groups At All
Stages of Small Group Development
Forming Jesus Groups
Storming in Jesus Groups
Norming in Jesus Groups
Performing in Jesus Groups
Jesus Groups Adjourn
Small Group Focuses
Social Movement Organization: Fictive Polity
Countermovement Organizations: Pharisees and Others
Elective Associations: Fictive Kin Groups
Summary
References and Suggested Readings
A Theological Conclusion
Study Questions for Testing the Hypothesis
Indexes
Index of Scriptural References
Index of Ancient Authors
Index of Subjects and Names
Figures and Tables
Figures
The Basic Presupposition--Nature, Culture, Person
Challenge and Response
Honor and Shame: Moral Division of Labor
Marriage Strategies in the Bible
Tables
Contrasting Child Rearing Approaches
Contrasting U.S. Persons with Ancient Mediterraneans
Envy in U.S. Experience and Ancient Mediterranean Experience
Jesus' Group and Post-Jesus Groups Compared
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