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The First Christians in Their Social Worlds : Social-scientific approaches to New Testament Interpretation - Philip Francis Esler

The First Christians in Their Social Worlds

Social-scientific approaches to New Testament Interpretation

Paperback Published: 1st September 1994
ISBN: 9780415111225
Number Of Pages: 174

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By applying perspectives from sociology and anthropology to a wide range of biblical data, The First Christians in Their Social Worlds examines how the New Testament documents were influenced by the social realities of the early Christian communities for whom they were written, with the result that the texts reveal an intimate connection between society and Gospel. Overlaying this theoretical foundation, Philip Esler's book studies specific socio-political ideas in various texts of the New Testament, for example, charismatic phenomena, the admission of Gentiles into early Christian communities, sectarianism and millennarianism and its relationship to political oppression.

"Elser applies his socialscientific model sesitively and flexibly; his illuminating results amply warrant his method.." -"Religious Studies Review, January 1997 ..."Esler applies his social-scientific model sensitively and flexibly; his illuminating results amply warrant his method. ...an accessible introduction to social science-based descriptions of aspects of Jewish and Christian formations in their Mediterranean cultural locales.." -" Religious Studies Review, Vol. 23, January 1997

Preface
Social worlds, social sciences and the New Testament
Reading the Mediterranean social script
Glossolalia and the admission of Gentiles into the early Christian community
Sectarianism and the conflict at Antioch
Introverted sectarianism at Quran and in the Johannine community
Millennialism and Daniel 7
The social function of 4 Ezra
Sorcery accusations and the Apocalypse
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780415111225
ISBN-10: 0415111226
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 174
Published: 1st September 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.07 x 15.49  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1