What Is Social-Scientific Criticism?

What Is Social-Scientific Criticism?

What Is Social-Scientific Criticism?

What Is Social-Scientific Criticism?

Synopsis

This book gives a clearly written, authoritative introduction to social-scientific criticism of the New Testament, including:
  • the rise of this method
  • its practitioners and the focal points of their work
  • how the method is applied to the interpretation of the biblical text
  • the presuppositions and procedures of the method.
Also included are four appendices, a glossary of terms, and full bibliographies. Intended as a basic introduction for students and general readers, the book will be of interest also to exegetical veterans.

Excerpt

This very useful volume by John Elliott extends the program of this series, which is to deal with methodological and formal issues pertaining to die New Testament. The primary thrust of the book is to display the bearing that the social sciences have on our understanding of the texts and contexts of the New Testament, with due attention being given to theories and models. While the main interest of the volume is the socialscientific, there is also some comparison of this with social history. It has points of contact with other studies that deal with historical and rhetorical issues.

—Dan O. Via . . .

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