The New Testament World

Insights from Cultural Anthropology

Author: Bruce J. Malina

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664222956

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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A classroom standard for two decades, The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology has introduced students to both the New Testament and the social-scientific study of the New Testament. This revised and expanded third edition offers new chapters on envy and the Jesus movement, updates chapters from earlier editions, augments the bibliography, and offers student study questions.
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Insights from Cultural Anthropology

Author: Karl Allen Kuhn

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1506401090

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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Each volume in the Insights series discusses discoveries and insights gained into biblical texts from a particular approach or perspective in current scholarship. Accessible and appealing to today's students, each Insight volume discusses: -how this method, approach, or strategy was first developed and how its application has changed over time; -what current questions arise from its use; -what enduring insights it has produced; and -what questions remain for future scholarship. In this volume, Karl Allen Kuhn provides a description of what cultural anthropology is and how the discipline has impacted biblical studies. Looking at Scripture through the lens of cultural anthropology is related to social-scientific criticism, which refers to that phase of the exegetical task that analyzes the social and cultural dimensions of the text and its environmental context through the utilization of the perspectives, theories, models, and research of the social sciences. Kuhn discusses general matters garnered from cultural-anthropology interpretation that would be relevant for the study of biblical texts. He analyzes several biblical specific texts from a cultural-anthropology perspective and provides conclusions, challenges, and considerations for the future of cultural anthropology and biblical interpretation.
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The New Jerusalem in the Revelation of John

The City as Symbol of Life with God

Author: Bruce J. Malina

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814659380

Category: Religion

Page: 100

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There are two major entities at the close of the book of Revelation that explain the author's understanding of forthcoming life with God: the Celestial City (the heavenly Jerusalem) and the cosmic Lamb. The marriage of these two marks the concluding highpoint of John the Seer's work. What are the entities in question? How do they marry and what is the significance of that event for those who believe in Jesus as cosmic Lord? In The New Jerusalem in the Revelation of John, Bruce Malina offers insights into the concluding vision of the book of Revelation to assist Bible readers to understand what the visionary of Revelation said, and meant to say, to his first-century Mediterranean audience. The New Jerusalem and the Revelation of John sets out comparative models of what sorts of cities existed during the time of the New Testament and what it meant to live in an ancient Mediterranean city. It further explains the significance of the celestial marriage of the City and the Lamb. The result is a set of reading scenarios that describe and explain Revelation's closing visions, which mediate the theology of John the Seer. The definition and comparative model of the city in The New Jerusalem and the Revelation of John is also useful for persons interested in understanding those first "urban" members of Jesus groups addressed by other New Testament documents. Chapters are "Presuppositions about Language and Reading," "The Genre of the Book of Revelation," "The Holy City in the Sky," and "The Cosmic Lamb Marries." Includes relevant charts.?Malina in these reflections has mediated a significant approach to Revelation.? Irish Theological Quarterly?Against the commonplace notion that Revelation is a morbid forecast of doom, death, and destruction, Malina demonstrates the upbeat and hope-promoting force of its conclusion: a life-affirming vision of a marriage of the Cosmic Lamb (Jesus) and his bride, the Celestial City (the new and perfect Jerusalem), graphic astronomical symbols of life with God. Malina serves as an informative tour guide introducing the modern reader to the ancient world of John, its urban life, its occupation with astral phenomena as signs of the time, and Christianity's utopic vision of new life with God.? Rev. John H. Elliott Department of Theology and Religious Studies University of San Francisco?Malina has done it again. His penetrating insights cut through the fog of interpretations beclouding the Book of Revelation to clarify its concluding vision. God will be henceforth present among humans on earth in the New Jerusalem, a city descended from the sky that contains the Throne of God and the celestial Lamb, cosmic symbol of Jesus. The Mediterranean cultural aptness of this explanation, Malina's specialty, highly recommends it as John the astral prophet's intended meaning for all his readers.? John J. Pilch Author of The Cultural World of Jesus and The Cultural Dictionary of the Bible?The New Jerusalem in the Revelation of John is vintage Malina: provocative, at times humorous, fascinating, devastating to conventional understandings, blunt, and passionately devoted to the social sciences, especially cultural anthropology, as key to interpreting the New Testament. Malina's new work continues to unfold the implications of his earlier research into ancient astrology and the book of Revelation. The result is a vivid and perceptive reading of the new Jerusalem and the Lamb that locates them squarely in ancient conceptions of the city and the sky.? Walter F. Taylor, Jr., Ph.D. Ernest W. and Edith S. Ogram Professor of New Testament Studies Trinity Lutheran Seminary Columbus, Ohio?This volume is an eminently readable, commonsense approach to aspects of the Book of Revelation. . . . It complements Malina?s earlier work on the genre of the Book of Revelation, and offers not only a clear understanding of how to read ancient documents, but also a sensible, persuasive interpretation of this part of the Book. . . . Malina is to be congratulated for his insight, commonsense, helpful commentary, and his clarity.? T.R. Hobbs Hamilton, Ontario
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Jesus and Marginal Women

The Gospel of Matthew in Social-Scientific Perspective

Author: Stuart L Love

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 0227903218

Category: Religion

Page: 276

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This insightful study explores the significance of the interactions between Jesus and 'marginal' women recounted in the Gospel of Matthew. Employing social-scientific models and carefully using comparative data, Love examines the various aspects of this marginality, identifying the attempts of Matthew's Gospel to promote Jesus's vision of a new surrogate family of God that challenges the traditional structures of the household.
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Essays on Revelation

Appropriating Yesterday's Apocalypse in Today's World

Author: Gerald L. Stevens

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498273203

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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The book of Revelation perennially provokes outlandish futurist predictions proven patently false over time. Such prophecy failures leave the inquiring mind with a strong sense that the book of Revelation is nothing but a hoax, safely ignored and without contemporary relevance. The inevitable practical result, not only for church members, but for their ministers as well, is a canonical book stripped bare of canonical authority. In this volume, six contributors collectively attempt to provide a path toward recanonizing Revelation, reclaiming its authority and relevance through christological foundations. The result is a book not only useful in the collegiate and seminary classroom, but also for serious small-group Bible studies wanting to glean from Revelation something deeper than a fear of being left behind.
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Paul’S Lifesong of Joy and Unity

A Commentary-Workbook Study of the Epistle to the Philippians

Author: Sharon I. Gresham

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1449754198

Category: Religion

Page: 184

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When Paul and Silas were in prison in Philippi, they burst into singing. Paul looked at life with a joyful song. He found delight when believers lived in harmony. The theme of this Bible study is Pauls Life-Song. Hear his song in the letter he wrote to Philippi, even while in another prison. Some strains explode with joy, while other stanzas carry a minor melody to encourage or warn the people he loved. Study his messages and learn how to apply Pauls attitudes regardless of his circumstances. This Bible study is rich with insights into the Hebrew and Greek and covers themes Paul brings from the Old Testament or other New Testament teachings. Dive deeper into those themes by taking important excursions into the background of the topics. This in-depth verse-by-verse investigation is valuable for individuals or groups. Enjoy the commentary while completing the workbook and applying the messages to everyday situations. Determine your timeframe for the study as you discover what the Lord Jesus wants to do in your life through Paul. Ive had the privilege of knowing Sharon Gresham as a teacher/speaker for many years and now as a writer. Her commitment to in-depth study and application of the Bible is refreshing. The Philippians study equips the pastor/teacher with a resource much needed in the church today. I am excited to teach this study both in our church and as we minister internationally. Darrel Auvenshine, pastor of Southside City Church, Fort Worth, Texas With a gift for accurately communicating Gods Word in a relevant and personal way, Sharon Greshams in-depth study of Philippians will delight and thrill any serious student of the Scriptures. I highly recommend it! Scott Whitson, director of missions, Southwest Metroplex Baptist Association and former missionary to Tanzania
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Timothy

Paul's Closest Associate

Author: Bruce J. Malina

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814651803

Category: Religion

Page: 156

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While most Christians might accurately identify Timothy as an associate of the apostle Paul, they probably conjure up images of Timothy and his relationship with Paul in twenty-first-century terms. In Timothy: Pauls Closest Associate, Bruce J. Malina ventures off the path of modern biography toward a more likely description of Timothy, providing readers with fresh and plausible insights that lead to a greater appreciation not only for Timothy but, more important, for the gospel of God that Paul enjoined on him to proclaim: the Godof Israel raised Jesus from the dead, making him Lord and Messiah.
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An Introduction to the Study of Paul

Author: David G. Horrell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567656268

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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This tried and tested introduction to Paul needs little introduction of its own. After considering Paul's importance and influence, and the important sources for the study of Paul, the volume covers the following key topics: the earliest period of Christianity - from Jesus to Paul; Paul's life before and after his 'conversion'; his individual letters; the major elements of his theology; his attitude to Israel and the Jewish law; perspectives on the Pauline assemblies, including their socio-economic location, meeting places, and attitudes towards women; and Paul's legacy in the New Testament and beyond. The volume has been revised throughout and fully updated with respect to bibliography, and to presenting the latest debates surrounding Paul's thought in a manageable format - including those around 'old' and 'new' perspectives, with a new section on the 'radical' new Jewish perspective, and those related to the socio-economic status and character of the Pauline assemblies. The helpful study questions and reading lists have also been revised.
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The People Paul Admired

The House Church Leaders of the New Testament

Author: Beulah Wood

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630876100

Category: Religion

Page: 134

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Where did the old social barriers break down at the coming of Christianity? In homes. Where did practice join theology to break down the division between rich and poor or Jew and Greek, so that they ate together? In the hospitality of house church hosts and hostesses. What happened to the barrier between slave and free? Gone when they prayed together. The intense reserve between men and women? Dissolved as hosts and hostesses served the friends who entered their door. Paul saw this, admired and praised the house church leaders, and planned on homes to grow the gospel.
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