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Handbook of Biblical Social Values [Hardcover]

By John Pilch (Editor) & Bruce Malina (Editor)
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Handbook of Biblical Social Values explains the values that guided behavior in biblical times. Over 100 entries cover such topics as freedom, family-centeredness, obedience, parenting, and power. These entries, written by an array of experts in the social-scientific study of the Bible, focus on culture and personal relationships in the ancient Mediterranean world. This useful and accessible guide will illumine your understanding of the world and words of the Bible. It corrects common misinterpretations of social relationships in the Bible. How did the people of biblical times view their social obligations and standards? How are these ancient social values different from those of our modern Western culture? These questions and others are addressed in this thought-provoking book. Handbook of Biblical Social Values is an updated edition of the popular Biblical Social Values and Their Meaning. It features a new preface, additional articles, and updated bibliographical information.

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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.83" Width: 5.78" Height: 0.97"
Weight:   1.01 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 1998
Publisher   Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN  1565633555  
ISBN13  9781565633551  

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More About John Pilch & Bruce Malina

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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...
  1. Bestseller! the Cultural World of Jesus: Sunday by Sunday
  2. Biblical Interpretation
  3. Cultural World of Jesus: Sunday by Sunday
  4. Paul's Social Network: Brothers & Sisters in Faith

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An Excellent Resource  Nov 22, 2003
This small volume is an excellent resource for scripture study. It gives a good background to some of the cultural values and practices of the ancient world and how understanding these cultural values can help us as we interpret scripture today. The values discussed in the book are those that were held by the ancient Jewish people, as well as the values of their neighbors, particularly the Greeks and the Romans. There are many topics in the book which are arranged alphabetically and related subjects are crossed referenced. Many of the topics include bibliographies so that a reader can do further research if he/she wishes. The book contains a scriptural index which for quick reference, always a help for those involved in preaching.

The book is edited by noted scripture scholars John J. Pilch and Bruce J. Malina. Many of the contributors are among the best known names in biblical scholarship. The articles themselves are well written and most are easy to read. The book can be helpful for people involved in preaching, but will probably be most helpful for those who conduct scripture classes who wish to explore topics in a deeper manner.

Bridging the Gap  Mar 24, 2000
Both Malina and Pilch provide a useful tool for students and scholars alike. Bridging the gap of culture and time for modern biblical readers is a daunting task and this text helps the modern reader to gain clearer understandings of the Biblical world. A reference work that is a must have for any serious reader of the Bible.

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