Methods, Theories, Imagination: Social Scientific Approaches in Biblical Studies
This book brings together new essays that reflect on the current state of social-scientific and cultural studies approaches in biblical studies, critically review the theoretical and methodological issues and explore the value of these approaches through a number of fresh substantive applications.
Social-scientific ways of knowing, thinking and being are inescapable; in the contemporary world a social-scientific perspective seems less an option than an unavoidable constituent of the public and private imagination. The social sciences play a central role in the self-understandings of contemporary societies and in the lives of their citizens.
Biblical studies has been dramatically impacted by these intellectual developments. This book brings together new essays that reflect on the current state of social-scientific and cultural studies approaches in biblical studies, critically review the theoretical and methodological issues and explore the value of these approaches through a number of fresh substantive applications.
Methods, Theories, Imagination is divided into five sections: 1. Methods, Perspectives and Theory (James G. Crossley, István Czachesz, Linda A. Dietch, Amy Erickson), 2. Studies in the Sociology of Deviance (Outi Lehtipuu, Mark Finney), 3. Social Psychology and Trauma Theory (Rebecca S. Watson, Jeremiah W. Cataldo), 4. Cultural Studies, the Social Sciences and the Hebrew Bible (Frauke Uhlenbruch, Johanna Stiebert)., 5. Anthropology and Archaeology (Ryan N. Roberts, Emanuel Pfoh). This is the first volume in the series The Bible and Social Science.
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Introduction Biblical Studies and the Social Sciences: Whence and Whither? David J. Chalcraft I. Methods, Perspectives and Theory 1. I Explain a Riot! New Testament Scholars Discuss Structure and Agency in an Age of Neoliberalism James G. Crossley 2. How Can Evolutionary Theory Contribute to Biblical Studies? István Czachesz 3. Using Pierre Bourdieu in the Study of Biblical Narrative Linda A. Dietch 4. Jonah and Scribal Habitus Amy Erickson II. Studies in the Sociology of Deviance 5. Who Has the Right to Be Called a Christian? Deviance and Christian Identity in Tertullian’s On the Prescription of Heretics Outi Lehtipuu 6. Jesus and the Contours of Oppression: Labelling and Deviance in the Johannine Passion Mark Finney III. Social Psychology and Trauma Theory 7. ‘I shall not want’? A Psychological Interpretation of Psalm 23 Rebecca S. Watson 8. Memory, Trauma and Identity in Ezra–Nehemiah Jeremiah W. Cataldo IV. Cultural Studies, the Social Sciences and the Hebrew Bible 9. Numbers 13 by Gene Rodenberry Frauke Uhlenbruch 10. Ezekiel at the Twin Towers Johanna Stiebert V. Anthropology and Archaeology 11. Is Anyone Home? Amos 6.8-11 in Light of Post-Earthquake Housing Ryan N. Roberts 12. Metalworkers in the Old Testament: An Anthropological View Emanuel Pfoh
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