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The Social Life of Scriptures: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism (Signifying (On) Scriptures)

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What do Christians do with the Bible? How do theyùindividually and collectivelyùinteract 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.

Book News Annotation:

Often reporting on places and people where they have conducted fieldwork, anthropologists explore how people interact with the Bible in the context of their individual, cultural, and religious situation and history. Among the 12 topics are scripture and charisma in Northern Ireland, evangelical discourse and the construction of masculinities in a Tzotzil village in Chiapas, uses of scripture in the Anglican crisis, transformation and continuity in inter-generational narratives of living in Christ among Chinese American Christian women of New England, dialogue and dissemination in the vineyard's dialectic of text and presence, and understanding the Bible's influence. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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:

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:
9780813546063
Author:
Bielo, James S.
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
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
Author:
Samson, C.
Author:
Murphy, Liam
Author:
American Anthropological Association
Author:
Bielo, James
Author:
Hoenes Del Pinal, Eric
Author:
Muse, Erika
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 Paper
Series:
Signifying (On) Scriptures
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
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 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" 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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