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Methods, Theories, Imagination: Social Scientific Approaches in Biblical Studies

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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.

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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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Table of Contents

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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Editors
David J. Chalcraft, Frauke Uhlenbruch, Rebecca S. Watson
List Price
£60 / $95 / €70
Series
Bible in the Modern World, 60
Scholars' Price
£30 / $47.50 / €35
ISBN 13 hardback
978-1-909697-36-2
Format
Hardback
Page Extent
xxxv + 232
Publication Date
July 2014
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