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Lazarus, Mary and Martha: A Social-Scientific and Theological Reading of John
Esler, Philip F. and Ronald A. Piper

London: SCM, 2006 pp. vi + 201. £29.99


Description: Using social identity theory, Esler and Piper set out what social identity theory actually means, how it works, and how it applies to John's Gospel. They then show how their ecclesiological reading of the Lazarus story finds confirmation in the catacomb art from Rome. The book includes four pages of full-color illustrations from the catacombs and concludes by setting out some of the theological dimensions of the investigation, and ultimately provides fresh theological insight into this New Testament text.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Social Scientific Approaches, Sociology, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology


Review by Peter Phillips
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Published 1/19/2008
Citation: Peter Phillips, review of Philip F. Esler and Ronald A. Piper, Lazarus, Mary and Martha: A Social-Scientific and Theological Reading of John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


Review by Jan G. van der Watt
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Published 12/15/2007
Citation: Jan G. van der Watt, review of Philip F. Esler and Ronald A. Piper, Lazarus, Mary and Martha: A Social-Scientific and Theological Reading of John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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