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The Social Life of Scriptures: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism

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What do Christians do with the Bible? How do they--individually and collectively--interact with the sacred texts? Why does this engagement shift so drastically among and between social, historical, religious, and institutional contexts? Such questions are addressed in a most enlightening, engaging, and original way in The Social Life of Scriptures.

Contributors offer a collection of closely analyzed and carefully conducted ethnographic and historical case studies, covering a range of geographic, theological, and cultural territory, including: American evangelicals and charismatics; Jamaican Rastafarians; evangelical and Catholic Mayans; Northern Irish charismatics; Nigerian Anglicans; and Chinese evangelicals in the United States.

The Social Life of Scriptures is the first book to present an eclectic, cross-cultural, and comparative investigation of Bible use. Moreover, it models an important movement to outline a framework for how scriptures are implicated in organizing social structures and meanings, with specific foci on gender, ethnicity, agency, and power.

Synopsis:

What do Christians do with the Bible? How do theyandugrave;individually and collectivelyandugrave;interact with the sacred texts? Why does this engagement shift so drastically among and between social, historical, religious, and institutional contexts? Such questions are addressed in a most enlightening, engaging, and original way in The Social Life of Scriptures.

Contributors offer a collection of closely analyzed and carefully conducted ethnographic and historical case studies, covering a range of geographic, theological, and cultural territory, including: American evangelicals and charismatics; Jamaican Rastafarians; evangelical and Catholic Mayans; Northern Irish charismatics; Nigerian Anglicans; and Chinese evangelicals in the United States.

The Social Life of Scriptures is the first book to present an eclectic, cross-cultural, and comparative investigation of Bible use. Moreover, it models an important movement to outline a framework for how scriptures are implicated in organizing social structures and meanings, with specific foci on gender, ethnicity, agency, and power.

Synopsis:

The Social Life of Scriptures is the first book to present an eclectic, cross-cultural, and comparative investigation of Bible use. It models an important movement to outline a framework for how scriptures are implicated in organizing social structures and meanings, with specific focis on gender, ethnicity, agency, and power.

About the Author

James S. Bielo is a visiting assistant professor in the department of anthropology at Miami University in Ohio.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Encountering Biblicism

The Trouble with Good News

"In the Beginning"

The Man is the Head"

The Word of God and "Our Words"

How Q'eqchi'-Maya Catholics Become Legitimate Interpreters of the Bible

"We Are Anglicans, They Are the Church of England"

Chinese American Christian Women of New England

The Bones Restored to Life:

Textual Ideology, Textual Practice

Revolve, the Biblezine

Understanding the Bible's Influence

The Social Life of the Bible

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813546056
Author:
Bielo, James S.
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Author:
Samson, C.
Author:
Murphy, Liam
Author:
American Anthropological Association
Author:
Bielo, James
Author:
Hoenes Del Pinal, Eric
Author:
Muse, Erika
Author:
Bialecki, Jon
Author:
Rodman, Rosamond
Author:
Pulis, John
Author:
Malley, Brian
Author:
Harding, Susan
Author:
Eric Hoenes Del Pinal
Author:
American Anthropological Association Mee
Author:
Coleman, Simon
Author:
Baron, Akesha
Subject:
Christian sociology
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Biblical Studies - General
Subject:
Religion Western-Social and Political Issues
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Signifying (On) Scriptures
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
What do Christians do with the Bible? How do theyandugrave;individually and collectivelyandugrave;interact with the sacred texts? Why does this engagement shift so drastically among and between social, historical, religious, and institutional contexts? Such questions are addressed in a most enlightening, engaging, and original way in The Social Life of Scriptures.

Contributors offer a collection of closely analyzed and carefully conducted ethnographic and historical case studies, covering a range of geographic, theological, and cultural territory, including: American evangelicals and charismatics; Jamaican Rastafarians; evangelical and Catholic Mayans; Northern Irish charismatics; Nigerian Anglicans; and Chinese evangelicals in the United States.

The Social Life of Scriptures is the first book to present an eclectic, cross-cultural, and comparative investigation of Bible use. Moreover, it models an important movement to outline a framework for how scriptures are implicated in organizing social structures and meanings, with specific foci on gender, ethnicity, agency, and power.

"Synopsis" by , The Social Life of Scriptures is the first book to present an eclectic, cross-cultural, and comparative investigation of Bible use. It models an important movement to outline a framework for how scriptures are implicated in organizing social structures and meanings, with specific focis on gender, ethnicity, agency, and power.
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