Handbook of Early Christianity: Social Science Approaches (Hardback)
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Handbook of Early Christianity: Social Science Approaches (Hardback)

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Hardback 832 Pages / Published: 27/08/2002
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The Christian movement emerged amidst complex social tensions, power politics, ethnic diversity, economic stress, and cultural changes. Both biblical scholars and social scientists find that a social scientific study of early Christian phenomena yields fascinating results. However, biblical scholars are sometimes unaware of the breadth of the useful social scientific concepts and techniques, and social scientists sometimes lack the most basic background in literary research methods. The Handbook of Early Christianity provides a much needed overview for biblical scholars and social scientists alike. Drawing on perspectives from anthropology, archaeology, economics, history, literary analysis, psychology, political science, and sociology, the Handbook shows the myriad and complementary approaches that shed light on Christianity's formation and early development. Twenty-seven chapters from leading scholars along with a comprehensive bibliography make this an essential reference for anyone wishing to understand the social dynamics of Christianity's birth.

Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780759100152
Number of pages: 832
Weight: 1406 g
Dimensions: 234 x 161 x 57 mm


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Insightful... the book [belongs] in every library that has an interest in the social-scientific analysis of earliest Christianity. -- Michael J. Gorman, The Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary's Seminary & University * Bridges *
A helpful introduction to socio-scientific methods for interpreting the New Testament and reconstructing first-century Christianity...an enormous resource for sociologists and New Testament scholars alike who are attempting to understand each other's disciplines and their intersection. * Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review *
Grouped under six topic headings, the 27 contributions include both topical surveys and case studies illustrating applied theory. Three articles introduce New Testament social scientific criticism. The selected articles that follow reflect accurately the volume's title by covering specific, but often neglected, social-scientific approaches such as archaeology, literary criticism, stylometric analysis, rhetorical criticism, psychology of religion, and structuralism alongside expected sociological topics like the sociology of knowledge, group formation and identity, the politics of power, and economics... The volume's comprehensive bibliography is ... complemented by lists of both ancient authors and compilations of ancient sources, along with author, biblical citation, and subject indexes. -- J. C. Hanges, Miami University * CHOICE *

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