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Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes

Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes

Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians

  • Author: Kenneth E. Bailey
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830869328
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 560
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Paul was a Hebrew of the Hebrews, steeped in the learning of his people. But he was also a Roman citizen who widely traveled the Mediterranean basin, and was very knowledgeable of the dominant Greek and Roman culture of his day. These two mighty rivers of influence converge in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. With razor-sharp attention to the text, Kenneth Bailey examines the cultural milieu and rhetorical strategies that shaped this pivotal epistle. He discovers the deep layers of the Hebraic prophetic tradition informing Paul's writing, linking the Apostle with the great prophets of the Old Testament. Throughout, Bailey employs his expert knowledge of Near Eastern and Mediterranean culture to deliver to readers a new understanding of Paul and his world. Familiar passages take on a new hue as they are stripped of standard Western interpretations and rendered back into their ancient setting.

Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes

Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes

Cultural Studies In 1 Corinthians

  • Author: Kenneth Bailey
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • ISBN: 0281067759
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 560
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The result of over thirty years of research and lecturing, Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes is a ground-breaking study of Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians. Bailey examines this canonical letter through the lenses of Paul's Jewish socio-cultural and rhetorical background and the Mediterranean context of the Corinthian recipients. In a set of connected essays, he draws the reader's attention to the letter's rootedness in the Hebrew prophetic tradition, the intentional theological structure of Paul's epistolary organization and the Near Eastern cultural practices that inflect Paul's rhetorical performance. All of this is brought to bear in teasing out the nature of Paul's response to the critical situations facing the Corinthian community: racial, ethnic and theological divisions, sexual misconduct, intimate interaction with pagan practices and disputes about church practices.

Open Hearts in Bethlehem

Open Hearts in Bethlehem

A Christmas Drama

  • Author: Kenneth E. Bailey
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830895477
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 80
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The traditional story of Jesus' birth is well known and beloved. A long journey from home. A pregnant mother. The crisis of birth. Remarkable visitors. But there is more. For the first time, here is a drama that accurately presents what the Bible actually says rather than what tradition and mistranslations of Scripture have portrayed. This fresh Christmas drama from world-renowned Middle Eastern and biblical expert Kenneth Bailey is full of wonder and hope. Pastors, Christian educators, musicians and others will welcome the opportunity to present to their congregations this drama of hospitality, grace and joy. Five original contemporary folk songs for guitar and a (SATB) choral anthem are also available to give the production delightful musical accents. InterVarsity Press also provides a musical score as well as a music CD or MP3 download in which all these songs are performed twice, once with vocals and once with accompaniment only. Without music, the drama can be performed in 25-30 minutes. With music, the performance time is 45-50 minutes. Here is a drama that is biblically accurate, heartwarming and perfectly suited for church performance.

The Cross & the Prodigal

The Cross & the Prodigal

Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants

  • Author: Kenneth E. Bailey
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830868070
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 153
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Honored in 2006 as a "Year's Best Book for Preachers" by Preaching magazine. Where is the cross in the parable of the prodigal son? For centuries, Muslims have called attention to the father's forgiveness in this parable in order to question the need for a Mediator between humanity and God. In The Cross & the Prodigal, Kenneth E. Bailey--New Testament scholar and long-time missionary to the Middle East--undertakes to answer this question. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of both the New Testament and Middle Eastern culture, Bailey presents an interpretation of this parable from a Middle Eastern perspective and, in doing so, powerfully demonstrates its essentially Christian message. Here Bailey highlights the underlying tensions between law and love, servanthood and sonship, honor and forgiveness that grant this story such timeless spiritual and theological power.

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes

Cultural Studies in the Gospels

  • Author: Kenneth E. Bailey
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 9780830875856
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 355
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Beginning with Jesus' birth, Ken Bailey leads you on a kaleidoscopic study of Jesus throughout the four Gospels. Bailey examines the life and ministry of Jesus with attention to the Lord's Prayer, the Beatitudes, Jesus' relationships with women, and especially Jesus' parables. Through it all, Bailey employs his trademark expertise as a master of Middle Eastern culture to lead you into a deeper understanding of the person and significance of Jesus within his own cultural context. With a sure but gentle hand, Bailey lifts away the obscuring layers of modern Western interpretation to reveal Jesus in the light of his actual historical and cultural setting. This entirely new material from the pen of Ken Bailey is a must-have for any student of the New Testament. If you have benefited from Bailey's work over the years, this book will be a welcome and indispensable addition to your library. If you are unfamiliar with Bailey's work, this book will introduce you to a very old yet entirely new way of understanding Jesus.

Finding the Lost

Finding the Lost

Cultural Keys to Luke 15

  • Author: Kenneth E. Bailey
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 232
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Explores the four parables in Luke 15. Shows how the cultural background of Arabic and Muslim theology affects the interpretation of these parables.

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible

  • Author: E. Randolph Richards,Brandon J. O'Brien
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 9780830863471
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 240
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Bookwi.se's Favorite Books of the Year, Non-Fiction What was clear to the original readers of Scripture is not always clear to us. Because of the cultural distance between the biblical world and our contemporary setting, we often bring modern Western biases to the text. For example: When Western readers hear Paul exhorting women to "dress modestly," we automatically think in terms of sexual modesty. But most women in that culture would never wear racy clothing. The context suggests that Paul is likely more concerned about economic modesty—that Christian women not flaunt their wealth through expensive clothes, braided hair and gold jewelry. Some readers might assume that Moses married "below himself" because his wife was a dark-skinned Cushite. Actually, Hebrews were the slave race, not the Cushites, who were highly respected. Aaron and Miriam probably thought Moses was being presumptuous by marrying "above himself." Western individualism leads us to assume that Mary and Joseph traveled alone to Bethlehem. What went without saying was that they were likely accompanied by a large entourage of extended family. Biblical scholars Brandon O'Brien and Randy Richards shed light on the ways that Western readers often misunderstand the cultural dynamics of the Bible. They identify nine key areas where modern Westerners have significantly different assumptions about what might be going on in a text. Drawing on their own crosscultural experience in global mission, O'Brien and Richards show how better self-awareness and understanding of cultural differences in language, time and social mores allow us to see the Bible in fresh and unexpected ways. Getting beyond our own cultural assumptions is increasingly important for being Christians in our interconnected and globalized world. Learn to read Scripture as a member of the global body of Christ.

The Mystery of Romans

The Mystery of Romans

The Jewish Context of Paul's Letter

  • Author: Mark D. Nanos
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • ISBN: 9781451413762
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 435
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Paul's letter to the Romans, says Nanos, is an example of Jewish correspondence, addressing believers in Jesus who are steeped in Jewish ways-whether of Jewish or gentile origin. Arguing against those who think Paul was an apostate from Judaism, Nanos maintains Paul's continuity with his Jewish heritage. Several key arguments here are: Those addressed in Paul's letter were still an integral part of the Roman synagogue communities. The "weak" are non- Christian Jews, while the "strong" included both Jewish and gentile converts to belief in Jesus. Paul as a practicing devout Jew insists on the rules of behavior for "the righteous gentiles." Christian subordination to authorities (Romans 13:1-7) is intended to enforce submission to leaders of the synagogues, not Roman government officials. Paul behaves in a way to confirm the very Jewish portrait of him in Acts: going first to the synagogues.

Modelling Early Christianity

Modelling Early Christianity

Social-scientific Studies of the New Testament in Its Context

  • Author: Philip Francis Esler
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9780415129800
  • Category: History
  • Page: 349
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Modelling Early Christianity explores the intriguing and foreign social context of first-century Palestine and the Graeco-Roman East, in which the Christian faith was first proclaimed and the New Testament documents were written. It demonstrates that a sophisticated analysis of the context is essential in order to understand the original meaning of the texts. At the same time, Modelling Early Christianity contains significant new ideas on the relationship between social-scientific and literary-critical analysis, the theoretical justification for model-use, and the way these new approaches can fertilize contemporary Christian theology.

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament

  • Author: Kenneth E. Bailey
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830896988
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 288
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Logos Bookstores' 2015 Best Book in Theology/Doctrine/Reference "The Lord is my shepherd." Thus begins the most beloved of all Psalms—and thus begins a thousand-year journey through the Bible. Prophets, apostles and Jesus himself took up this image from David, reshaping it, developing it and applying it to their own situations and needs. Kenneth Bailey uses his celebrated insights into Middle Eastern culture and especially his familiarity with Middle Eastern shepherding customs to bring new light and life to our understanding of this central image of the Christian faith. With each of nine major Old and New Testament passages, Bailey reveals the literary artistry of the Biblical writers and summarizes their key theological features. His work is also enriched by his unique access to very early Middle Eastern commentaries on these passages, bringing fresh understanding from within the mindset of these ancient worlds. The Good Shepherd invites us to experience a rich, biblical feast of ethical, theological and artistic delights.

Ancient Literacies

Ancient Literacies

The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome

  • Author: William A Johnson,Holt N Parker
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780199712861
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 448
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Classicists have been slow to take advantage of the important advances in the way that literacy is viewed in other disciplines (including in particular cognitive psychology, socio-linguistics, and socio-anthropology). On the other hand, historians of literacy continue to rely on outdated work by classicists (mostly from the 1960's and 1970's) and have little access to the current reexamination of the ancient evidence. This timely volume attempts to formulate new interesting ways of talking about the entire concept of literacy in the ancient world--literacy not in the sense of whether 10% or 30% of people in the ancient world could read or write, but in the sense of text-oriented events embedded in a particular socio-cultural context. The volume is intended as a forum in which selected leading scholars rethink from the ground up how students of classical antiquity might best approach the question of literacy in the past, and how that investigation might materially intersect with changes in the way that literacy is now viewed in other disciplines. The result will give readers new ways of thinking about specific elements of "literacy" in antiquity, such as the nature of personal libraries, or what it means to be a bookseller in antiquity; new constructionist questions, such as what constitutes reading communities and how they fashion themselves; new takes on the public sphere, such as how literacy intersects with commercialism, or with the use of public spaces, or with the construction of civic identity; new essentialist questions, such as what "book" and "reading" signify in antiquity, why literate cultures develop, or why literate cultures matter. The book derives from a conference (a Semple Symposium held in Cincinnati in April 2006) and includes new work from the most outstanding scholars of literacy in antiquity (e.g., Simon Goldhill, Joseph Farrell, Peter White, and Rosalind Thomas).

Anthropology and biblical studies

Anthropology and biblical studies

avenues of approach

  • Author: Louise Joy Lawrence,Mario I. Aguilar
  • Publisher: Deo Pub
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 324
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Presents the findings of an international research symposium, held at St Andrews University, Scotland, in July 2003. Contributors include both biblical scholars and anthropologists. The essays presented variously explore and review interdisciplinary links, innovations and developments between anthropology and biblical studies in reference to interpretation of both the OT and NT and pseudepigraphal works. Explored are methodological issues, the use of anthropological concepts in biblical studies (identity; purity boundaries; virtuoso religion; spiritual experience; sacred space) and more `field orientated' work of bible translators in different cultures.

Poet & Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes

Poet & Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes

A Literary-Cultural Approach to the Parables in Luke

  • Author: Kenneth E. Bailey
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780802819475
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 447
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Uses a thorough understanding of Middle Eastern peasant culture and modern literary criticism to analyze the New Testament parables in Luke

Paul, Women, and Wives

Paul, Women, and Wives

Marriage and Women's Ministry in the Letters of Paul

  • Author: Craig S. Keener
  • Publisher: Baker Books
  • ISBN: 1441237151
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 384
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Paul's letters stand at the center of the dispute over women, the church, and the home, with each side championing passages from the Apostle. Now, in a challenging new attempt to wrestle with these thorny texts, Craig Keener delves as deeply into the world of Paul and the apostles as anyone thus far. Acknowledging that we must take the biblical text seriously, and recognizing that Paul's letters arose in a specific time and place for a specific purpose, Keener mines the historical, lexical, cultural, and exegetical details behind Paul's words about women in the home and ministry to give us one of the most insightful expositions of the key Pauline passages in years.

The First Epistle to the Corinthians

The First Epistle to the Corinthians

A Commentary on the Greek Text

  • Author: Anthony C. Thiselton
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780853645597
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 1446
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A new examination of a classic Christian text begins with the Greek text of the Corinthians and outlines the most important theological, ethical, and socio-historical issues surrounding this seminal book.

Jacob & the Prodigal

Jacob & the Prodigal

How Jesus Retold Israel's Story

  • Author: Kenneth E. Bailey
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830868852
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 233
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Israel, the community to which Jesus belonged, took its name from their patriarch Jacob. His story of exile and return was their story as well. In the well-known tale of the prodigal son, Jesus reshaped the story in his own way and for his own purposes. In this work, Kenneth E. Bailey compares the Old Testament saga and the New Testament parable. He unpacks similarities freighted with theological significance and differences that often reveal Jesus' particular purposes. Drawing on a lifetime of study in both Middle Eastern culture and the Gospels, Bailey offers here a fresh view of how Jesus interpreted Israel's past, his present and their future.

Paul

Paul

Apostle of the Heart Set Free

  • Author: F. F. Bruce
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780802847782
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 510
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Written by one of the best known and most respected evangelical biblical scholars of all time, "Paul" explores the primary themes in Paul's thought as they developed in the historical context of his life and travels.

Paul and First-Century Letter Writing

Paul and First-Century Letter Writing

Secretaries, Composition and Collection

  • Author: E. Randolph Richards
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 9780830827886
  • Category: History
  • Page: 252
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Informed by the historical evidence and with a sharp eye for telltale clues in the Apostle Paul's letters, E. Randolph Richards takes us into his world and places us on the scene with Paul the letter writer offering a glimpse that overthrows our preconceptions and offers a new perspective on how this important portion of Christian Scripture came to be.

First Corinthians

First Corinthians

A Shorter Exegetical and Pastoral Commentary

  • Author: Anthony C. Thiselton
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN: 0802840361
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 325
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Anthony Thiselton's lengthy New International Greek Testament Commentary volume The First Epistle to the Corinthians (2000) has become a standard work on 1 Corinthians. In this shorter commentary Thiselton draws on his excellent exegesis from that volume but combines it afresh with keen practical and pastoral application for readers at all levels. Thiselton delves deeply into the context and text of Paul's first Corinthian letter as he suggests, section by section, how the book applies to pastoral and practical issues. He draws vivid parallels between the growing church in Corinth and the twenty-first-century church, demonstrating that today's church also faces a seductive culture of competition and consumerism. The church in Corinth preferred its self-centered theology to the Christ-centered gospel of the wider apostolic church. Paul's response in 1 Corinthians, amplified by Thiselton's commentary, becomes a living, practical, transforming word from God for Christians today.