The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life
Strawn, Brent A., editor
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012 pp. xviii + 430. $35.00
Description: Scholars of the social sciences have devoted increasing attention of late to the concept of human happiness, mainly from sociological and psychological perspectives. This groundbreaking volume, which includes twelve essays from scholars of the New Testament, the Old Testament, systematic theology, practical theology, and counseling psychology-along with an extensive introduction and epilogue by the editor-poses a new and exciting question: what is happiness according to the Bible? Informed by developments in positive psychology, the contributions explore representations of happiness throughout the Bible and demonstrate the ways in which they impinge upon both religious and secular understandings of happiness.
Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Social Scientific Approaches, Psychology
Review by Wayne G. Rollins
Citation: Wayne G. Rollins, review of Brent A. Strawn, ed., The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).
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