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Overview How can reading the Bible in its appropriate Mediterranean cultural context shed light on concerns of believers who live in Western or other cultures? In this book, John J. Pilch presents a basic introduction to the ancient Middle Eastern culture in which the Bible originated. A brief review of the life of Jesus from birth to death and resurrection guides the selection of biblical text segments to illustrate key cultural concepts so that believers may appropriate the Bible for personal or community life.
How can reading the Bible in its appropriate Mediterranean cultural context shed light on concerns of believers who live in Western or other cultures? In "Cultural Tools for Interpreting the Good News," John J. Pilch presents a basic introduction to the ancient Middle Eastern culture in which the Bible originated. A brief review of the life of Jesus from birth to death and resurrection guides the selection of biblical text segments to illustrate key cultural concepts so that believers may appropriate the Bible for personal or community life.
Chapter one examines the core Middle Eastern cultural concepts honor and shame as they are reflected in the stories about Jesus' origins and his behavior in adulthood. Chapter two describes how Jesus grew up to become a typical and successful male in his culture. Chapter three presents Jesus as a Holy Man in his tradition who announces the reign of God especially in parables. Chapter four shows how Jesus sought to establish the reign of God especially in his healing activities and by offering fresh insights into the appearances of the Risen Jesus.
Chapters are Honor and Shame," *How a Mediterranean Boy Becomes a Man, - *Jesus Announces the Reign of God, - *Jesus Seeks to Establish the Reign of God. -
"John J. Pilch, PhD, teaches Scripture at Georgetown University as well as at the University of Pretoria. His other The Liturgical Press publications include "The Cultural World of the Apostles: The Second Reading, Sunday by Sunday, Year A; The Cultural World of Jesus"series;" The Triduum and Easter Sunday: Breaking Open the Scriptures; The Cultural Dictionary of the Bible; Choosing a Bible Translation; Galatians and Romans "in "The Collegeville Bible Commentary; "and articles in "The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia, The Collegeville Pastoral Dictionary of Biblical Theology, "and "The Bible Today."
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More About John J. Pilch
John J. Pilch, PhD, has been teaching Scripture in the department of theology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, since 1993. He is a biblical scholar, an international speaker, and the author of books, articles, and multimedia resources. He also serves as book review editor for the "Biblical Theology Bulletin." 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."
John J. Pilch has published or released items in the following series...
Bestseller! the Cultural World of Jesus: Sunday by Sunday
Cultural World of Jesus: Sunday by Sunday
Matrix: The Bible in Mediterranean Context
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