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1 Introduction Social scientific criticism studies the following: 1. the social aspects of the form and content of texts and the conditioning factors and intended consequences of the communication process; 2. the correlation of the text’s linguistic, literary, theological (ideological), and social

In: Journal of Pentecostal Theology
A Social-Scientific Reading of Daniel 1-6
Using social-scientific criticism, this work presents a reading of Daniel 1-6 as literature of resistance. The characters and episodes of these tales are read against a backdrop of social competition for the cultural value of honor.
Each of the tales of Daniel 1-6 is analyzed, revealing a comparison that is sustained throughout the compilation and that pits the Judean tradition in competition with a dominant foreign tradition. The dynamics of comparison and competition are explored in each tale with the help of social-scientific models depicting honor and exploring the related dynamics of purity, patronage, virtue, limited good, and envy.
This work is particularly useful for scholars and students interested in social-scientific criticism and the value of that methodology for Hebrew Bible study, as well as for those interested in Daniel, honor and shame, ancient rhetoric, and cultural resistance in the postexilic period.
Author: John H. Elliott

teaching, how the Evil Eye was associated with the vice of envy, and how this Evil Eye allusion functions in both its literary and cultural contexts. A related aim is to use this topic to demonstrate the utility and procedure of social scientific criticism as a necessary supplementation of conventional

In: Biblical Interpretation

Context Group, Elliott has authored numerous pub- lications including A Home for the Homeless: A Social-Scientific Criticism of I Peter, Its Situation and Strategy (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1981/1990), What is Social-Scientific Criticism? (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993), I Peter (Anchor Bible, 37B; New York

In: Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus
Essays on Biblical Language, Gospel Narrative and the Historical Jesus
This volume presents a selection of essays by the late Willem Vorster, one of the most prominent New Testament scholars to have emerged from South Africa. An introductory essay by the editor explains Vorster's contribution to New Testament scholarship in general and to South African New Testament scholarship in particular. Vorster's essays are grouped primarily under the topics "Language and Linguistics", "Reader Response", "Narratology", "Historical Paradigms" and "The Historical Jesus". In addition to his work on method, Vorster was a well-known Markan scholar, and this is reflected in the fact that more than half of his methodological essays are concerned with that Gospel. The book includes a curriculum vitae, a full bibliography and indexes.
Cognitive science of religion is a radically new paradigm in the study of religion. Apart from psychology and anthropology of religion, also historians of religion have shown increasing interest in this approach. This volume is groundbreaking in combining cognitive analysis with historical and social-scientific approaches to biblical materials, Christian origins, and early Judaism. The book is in four parts: an introduction to cognitive and social-scientific approaches, applications of cognitive science, applications of conceptual blending theory, and applications of socio-cognitive analyses. The book will be of interest for historians of religion, biblical scholars, and those working in the cognitive science of religion.

is a revised dissertation from the University of Notre Dame that provides a sustained examination of the court tales in Daniel 1-6 using social-scientific criticism. Kirkpatrick wisely avoids the extremely complicated issue of dating the origin(s) of the material contained in these chapters of Daniel

In: Biblical Interpretation
Author: Shawn Kelley

When I was in graduate school in the mid-1980s, hermeneutics was thought to provide New Testament scholarship with its proper theoretical grounding. This elevated status seemed to get swept away with the ensuing explosion of feminist, literary, postmodern, and social-scientific criticism. With this

In: Biblical Interpretation

), new methods (social-scientific criticism as elucidated in a book by C. Murphy (2002) on wealth), and new texts (mainly 4QInstruction as studied by M. J. Goff ) since the 1990s. Chapter 3 (33-57) presents an overview of language of ethical discourse in Qumran, in Second Temple Judaism as

In: Journal for the Study of Judaism
Author: Halvor Moxnes

groups represented not an "anti-social movement" but "an innovatory, prophetic one", he would have needed a model that could have made this suggestion meaningful to his readers (cf. the definition of a model in J.H. Elliott (What is Social-Scientific Criticism ? Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993, 132) as an

In: Biblical Interpretation