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Scripture as Social Discourse: Social-Scientific Perspectives on Early Jewish and Christian Writings
Keady, Jessica M., Todd E. Klutz and C. A. Strine, editors

London: T&T Clark, 2018 pp. xii + 264. $114.00

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T&T Clark Biblical Studies

Description: Throughout the last several decades professional biblical scholars have adapted concepts and theories from the social sciences – particularly social and cultural anthropology – in order to cast new light on ancient biblical writings, early Jewish and Christian texts that circulated with the Scriptures, and the various contexts in which these literatures were produced and first received. The present volume of essays draws much of its inspiration from that same development in the history of biblical research, while also offering insights from other, newer approaches to interpretation. The contributors to this volume explore a wide range of broadly social-scientific disciplines and discourses – cultural anthropology, sociology, archaeology, political science, the New Historicism, forced migration studies, gender studies – and provide multiple examples of the ways in which these diverse methods and theories can shed new and often fascinating light on the ancient texts. The fruit of scholarly work that is both international in flavour and truly collaborative, this volume provides fresh perspectives not only on familiar portions of Jewish and Christian Scripture but also on select passages from the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nag Hammadi library and previously untranslated French texts. Contributors include Chen Bergot, Jaeyoung Jeon, George J. Brooke, Jessica M. Keady, Philip R. Davies, Todd E. Klutz, Kimberly A. Fowler, Peter Oakes, David Hamidović, Julia Rhyder, David S. Harvey, Thomas C. Römer, Walter J. Houston, and C. A. Strine.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Dominic S. Irudayaraj
Published 7/16/2020
Citation: Dominic S. Irudayaraj, review of Jessica M. Keady, Todd E. Klutz, and C. A. Strine, eds., Scripture as Social Discourse: Social-Scientific Perspectives on Early Jewish and Christian Writings, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2020).

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