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The Social World of the New Testament: Insights and Models
Neyrey, Jerome H. and Eric C. Stewart, editors

Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2008 pp. xxiv + 295. $24.95


Description: The Social World of the New Testament: Insights and Models surveys essential contributions made by leading scholars of the social-scientific approach to New Testament studies. Including important essays by Bruce J. Malina and John J. Pilch, among others, this book acts as a comprehensive collection of the most important essays and articles in the field. Included are topics vital to the social scientific interpretation of the New Testament, organized under three headings: INSTITUTIONS • Kinship: All in the Family: Kinship in Agrarian Roman Palestine—K. C. Hanson • The Patron-Client Institution: God in the Letter of James: Patron or Benefactor?—Alicia Batten • Economics: Jesus and Agrarian Palestine: The Factor of Debt—Douglas E. Oakman CULTURE • Honor and Shame: Loss of Wealth, Loss of Family, Loss of Honor: The Cultural Context of the Original Makarisms in Q—Jerome H. Neyrey, SJ • Purity: The Epistle of James in Rhetorical and Social-Scientific Perspective: Holiness-Wholeness and Patterns of Replication— John H. Elliott • Social Location: Was Jesus a Peasant: Implications for Reading the Jesus Tradition (Luke 10:30-35)—Douglas E. Oakman • Social Location: The Social Location of the Markan Audience—Richard L. Rohrbaugh • Gender: Who Should Be Called “Father”? Paul of Tarsus between the Jesus Tradition and Patria Potestas—S. Scott Bartchy • Space: “Teaching You in Public and from House to House” (Acts 20:20): Unpacking a Cultural Stereotype—Jerome H. Neyrey, SJ • Healing: Healing in Luke-Acts—John J. Pilch • Evil Eye: Paul, Galatians, and the Evil Eye— John H. Elliott • Limited Good: “He Must Increase, I Must Decrease”(John 3:30): A Cultural and Social Interpretation—Richard L. Rohrbaugh and Jerome H. Neyrey MODAL PERSONALITY • Modal Personality: Ancient Mediterranean Persons in Cultural Perspective: Portrait of Paul—Jerome H. Neyrey, SJ and Bruce J. Malina

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

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Review by Heather McKay
Published 6/6/2009
Citation: Heather McKay, review of Jerome H. Neyrey and Eric C. Stewart, eds., The Social World of the New Testament: Insights and Models, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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