The Gospels and Their Stories in Anthropological Perspective
Verheyden, Joseph and John S. Kloppenborg, editors
TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. viii + 331. $195.00
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 409
Description: Over the past decades, biblical scholars have gradually become more aware of the importance of the social sciences for their own field. This has produced a steady flow of studies informed by work that was done in the fields of group formation psychology, the sociology of emerging movements and the sociology of religion, and historical anthropology. This volume offers the proceedings of a conference that brought together a number of expert biblical scholars, specialists of ancient religious practices, and proponents of an anthropological approach to ancient Christian and Greco-Roman religious tradition. It was the explicit purpose not to focus exclusively on purely methodological reflections, but to explore and evaluate how methodological concepts and constructs can be developed and then also checked in applying them on specific cases and topics that are typical for understanding earliest Christianity.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, John, Acts, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches, Anthropology
Review by Ernest Van Eck
Citation: Ernest van Eck, review of Joseph Verheyden and John S. Kloppenborg, eds., The Gospels and Their Stories in Anthropological Perspective, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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