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Social Theory and the Study of Israelite Religion: Essays in Retrospect and Prospects
Olyan, Saul M., editor

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012 pp. x + 219. $29.95


Description: This volume assesses past, theoretically engaged work on Israelite religion and presents new approaches to particular problems and larger interpretive and methodological questions. It gathers previously unpublished research by senior scholars well known in social theory and Israelite religion and by junior scholars whose writing is just beginning to have a serious impact. The volume begins with a critical introduction by the editor. Essay themes include gender, violence, social change, the festivals, the dynamics of shame and honor, and the relationship of text to ritual. The contributors engage theory from social and cultural anthropology, sociology, postcolonial studies, and ritual studies. Theoretical models are evaluated in light of the primary data, and some authors modify or adapt theory to increase its utility for biblical studies.

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

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Review by Bob Becking
Published 6/4/2013
Citation: Bob Becking, review of Saul M. Olyan, ed., Social Theory and the Study of Israelite Religion: Essays in Retrospect and Prospects, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


Review by Aren M. Maeir
Published 6/4/2013
Citation: Aren M. Maeir, review of Saul M. Olyan, ed., Social Theory and the Study of Israelite Religion: Essays in Retrospect and Prospects, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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