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Methods, Theories, Imagination
Social Scientific Approaches in Biblical Studies
Edited by David J. Chalcraft, Frauke Uhlenbruch, Rebecca S. Watson

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.

David J. Chalcraft is Professor of Sociology, Liverpool John Moores University.
Frauke Uhlenbruch is an editor in biblical studies at De Gruyter, Berlin.
Rebecca S. Watson is Research Associate at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge.

Series: Bible in the Modern World, 60
978-1-909697-36-2 hardback
Publication July 2014

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