Item description for New Testament World, Third Edition, Revised and Expanded: Insights from Cultural Anthropology (Revised, Expanded) by Bruce J. Malina...
Overview Ancient Palestine's values seem quite different from the modern industrial West's. Malina, long in the forefront of cultural anthropology, illumines questions of honor and shame, individual vs. group identity, envy and the evil eye, kinship and marriage, cleanness vs. uncleanness.
A classroom standard for two decades, "The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology" has introduced students to both the New Testament and the social-scientific study of the New Testament. This revised and expanded third edition offers new chapters on envy and the Jesus movement, updates chapters from earlier editions, augments the bibliography, and offers student study questions.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.62" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2001
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664222951 ISBN13 9780664222956
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More About Bruce J. Malina
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology 3rd edition?
Good Read Mar 14, 2008
The information is good, the book itself not so much. It was SO DRY and I got annoyed at how much he repeated the same information over and over again. By the end of the book I just wanted to grab the author and say "I got it the first 3 times you said it!!" *sighs* That might just be me though... the information in the book was good though. :)
great insights Nov 11, 2007
For years, I have been trying to discover the cultural background of the New Testament. Malina answered a lot of my questions in very helpful ways. I enjoyed the variety of subjects that he covers, and his paragraphs comparing contemporary and first century cultures were quite helpful. The concepts he describes in the first century Mediterranean culture exist in many cultures today, which can be useful if one is involved in any cross culture work. This book made my research and teaching deeper and more interesting. I would highly recommend it to any Bible scholar. (I am a minister and seminary student.)
Very informative and fascinating Sep 1, 2007
This book provides great insights into the culture of 1st century Palestine and gives fascinating insights into the psychology of the individuals present in the world of the New Testament. While other books cover well the radical challenge that the teacher Jesus made to financial and political systems of the time, this book makes very clear that the revolution he really sought was one involving consciousness itself - an entire (and to some, incredibly threatening) transformation of foundational values. Very readable as well, not too academic or full of needless jargon.
Insights into the 1st Centruy World Nov 23, 2006
If you ever wanted to read the Bible and truly understand the text behind the text, then this is the book you want to read.
Malina does a wonderful job of giving us insight in to the world that is 1st Century Judea. He brings out the cultural scene of the times to aid us in the understanding of what it was like to be someone in this time period.
Malina breaks down the culture based on the 4 levels of understand. They include kinship, power, religion and economics. He discusses the impact that kinship and power had on this era and how these two items were most prevalent in terms of how people viewed each other. Kinship is broken down into blood lines, where you were born, gender issues and so forth in a way that amazes a reader when it comes to truly seeing the time. Power discusses the fine art of challenge and repose and how challenge was used to try to break down status of an individual (why do you think the Pharisees asked Jesus so many questions???? To lower his power. Funny how Jesus always wins.). Malina discusses the impact of shame and honor and how that plays a role in the family and community.
For anyone who really wants to understand the message behind the text of the Bible this is a must have volume for your library.
Good information Feb 10, 2006
Malina's book was written for "the beginning student of the New Testament" and he has achieved his goal, although intermediate and advanced students will benefit as well. He covers a wide range of subjects (e.g., honor and shame, group vs individual personality, social status, envy, kinship and marriage, clean and unclean) with sufficient depth to get his points across. Personally I would have preferred more in depth discussions and certainly more documentation, but perhaps that would have made a much larger book.
Malina's discussion provide insights into the broad sociocultural and psychological constructs which were operational at the time of the 1st millenium. Thus, they help us understand the customs and language of the New Testament where we might otherwise fail to grasp a critical saying or event. For example, his chapter on envy puts into perspective one of the chief motivations for the conspiracy to kill Jesus, which might otherwise not be apparent. In this same vein, his chapter on maintaining social status goes a long way toward explaining what appear to be strange greetings between Jesus and his prospective followers.
The book is not perfect. The writing style tends toward the academic, yet it lacks the true scholarly flavor some might be searching for. Perhaps this comes from the attempt to make academic material more accessible to the general public. I certainly recommend it as a supplementary text for anyone interested in understanding Jesus and his time period.