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The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology
Bruce J. Malina

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Format: Paperback, 250pp.
ISBN: 0664222951
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Pub. Date: March 2001

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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 third edition, newly revised and expanded, offers new chapters on envy and the Jesus movement, updates chapters from earlier editions, augments the bibliography, and offers tear-out student study questions.


"A great book just got better. This new edition has made this student-friendly book even more so: more readable, more intelligible, and more comprehensive."
—Jerome H. Neyrey, Professor of New Testament Studies, Notre Dame

"Malina's ground-breaking textbook has been indispensable for teaching a whole generation about the ancient Mediterranean cultural environment of the New Testament. Now this classic is even more fascinating."
—Dennis C. Duling, Professor of Religion, Canisius College

"This book's enduring value for biblical study lies in its careful attention to biblical meanings and values understood in light of their ancient Mediterranean cultural context. In this third edition, two new chapters are added and others from previous editions are enhanced. Changes in the book's format will make it an even more effective study companion."
—Douglas E. Oakman, Associate Professor of Religion, Pacific Lutheran University


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About the Author

Bruce J. Malina is Professor, Department of Theology, Creighton University, and author of many books including Christian Origins and Cultural Anthropolgy: Practical Models for Biblical Interpretation and Windows on the World of Jesus: Time Travel to Ancient Judea (WJK). He also coauthored Portraits of Paul: An Archaeology of Ancient Personalitiy (WJK).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Bible Study and Cultural Anthropology
1.Honor and Shame: Pivotal Values of the First-Century Mediterranean World
2.The First-Century Personality: The Individual and the Group
3.The Perception of Limited Good: Maintaining One's Social Status
4.Envy—The Most Grievous of All Evils: Envy and the Evil-Eye in the First-Century Mediterranean World
5.Kinship and Marriage: Fusing Families Together
6.Clean and Unclean: Understanding Rules of Purity
7.How Jesus Groups Evolved: Understanding Group Development
A Theological Conclusion
Study Questions for Testing the Hypothesis
Figures and Tables

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