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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 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.
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.
This book is an attempt to provide the reader with fresh insight into the social system shared by the authors of the Synoptic Gospels and their original, first-century Mediterranean audiences. Hence its purpose is to facilitate a reading that is consonant with the initial cultural contexts of those writings.
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