Item description for Portraits of Paul: An Archaeology of Ancient Personality by Bruce J. Malina & Jerome H. Neyrey...
Overview The authors focus on Paul to discern how ancient persons understood themselves, other people, and the world around them, believing that biblical interpretation can be skewed if contemporary presuppositions about personality are imposed on history.
How did ancient persons understand themselves, other people, and the world around them? Is there a marked contrast between their understandings of "self" and "other" and the way modern Westerners define the same? Bruce Malina and Jerome Neyrey focus on the figure of Paul to provide a comprehensive investigation of how one man was perceived in the ancient world. Drawing on primary sources from antiquity, as well a lessons from cultural anthropology, the authors help provide a fuller understanding of the person of Paul and his world. The result is a new, more balanced way to approach the New Testament.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.99" Width: 6.05" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.96 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1996
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664256813 ISBN13 9780664256814
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More About Bruce J. Malina & Jerome H. Neyrey
Bruce J. Malina is professor of biblical studies at Creighton University. Internationally known for his work in New Testament social science criticism, he is the author of numerous books, including "New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology" and "Windows on the World of Jesus: Time Travel to Ancient Judea."
Bruce J. Malina currently resides in Omaha, in the state of Nebraska.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Portraits of Paul: An Archaeology of Ancient Personality?
Important questions but misleading answers Sep 5, 2005
It is important to attend to the cultural context of the writings of the NT in order to understand them, and Malina and Neyrey are quite right to question the ethnocentric and anachronistic assumptions of much NT scholarship. However, this attempt to avoid these problems is doctrinaire, and based on some highly questionable generalisations about 'the ancients' (sic). For all of the promise of the book, there is little of substance here that would pass close scrutiny.
Seeing ancient people Aug 9, 2000
A key book to understanding ancient people and their worldview. Malina and Neyrey do an excellent job of "digging" up ancient understandings of persons. Using the character of Paul in ancient literature, they cogently and clearly use Anthropology, coupled with ancient literature, to discuss how ancients understood and viewed each other. I highly recommend this volume for students of the Bible and the ancient world in general.