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Handbook of Biblical Social Values
Pilch, John J. and Bruce J. Malina, editors

Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2016 pp. xxxviii + 228.3rd Edition. $32.00

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Matrix: The Bible in Mediterranean Context


Description: Values are culturally specific. This handbook explains select biblical social values in their Mediterranean cultural contexts. Some examples of values are altruism, freedom, family-centeredness, obedience, parenting, and power. Though the English words for the values described here would be familiar to readers (e.g., altruism) the meanings of such words differ between cultures. In the Mediterranean world, for instance, altruism is a duty incumbent upon anyone who has surplus. It is interpersonal and group specific. In the West, especially in the United States, altruism is impersonal and universally oriented generosity that operates in a highly organized context. This handbook not only presents the Mediterranean meanings of these value words but also contrasts those meanings with Western ones.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Sociology

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Review by John Goldingay
Published 12/6/2018
Citation: John Goldingay, review of John J. Pilch and Bruce J. Malina, eds., Handbook of Biblical Social Values, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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