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The field of New Testament studies often appears splintered into widely different specializations and narrowly defined research projects. Nevertheless, some of the most important insights have come about when curious men and women have defied disciplinary boundaries and drawn on other fields of knowledge in order to gain a more adequate view of history. The essays in Bridges in New Testament Interpretation offer surveys of the current scholarly discussion in areas of New Testament and Christian origins where cross-disciplinary fertilization has been decisive and describe the role that interdisciplinary 'bridges,' especially as led by Richard A. Horsley, have played. Topics include the socioeconomic history of Roman Palestine; the historical Jesus in political and media contexts; communication media, orality, and social context in the study of Q; the Gospels in the context of oral culture, performance, and social memory; reading Paul’s letters in the context of Roman imperial culture; the narrativization of early Christianity in relation to the ancient media environment; and the role of power in shaping our understanding of history, as evident in 'people’s history;' the historical agency of subordinate classes; and the role of public and 'hidden transcripts' in contexts shaped by power relations. Essays also address the role of the interpreter as engaged with the social and political concerns of our time. The sum is even greater than the parts, presenting a powerful argument for the value of further exploration across interdisciplinary bridges.

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ISBN-13: 9781978702165
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication date: 04/30/2018
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Neil Elliott is senior acquiring editor in biblical studies for Lexington Books/Fortress Academic.

Werner H. Kelber is Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner professor emeritus in biblical studies at Rice University.

Table of Contents

Crossing Bridges, Crossing Boundaries: Introducing the Volume
Neil Elliott

1.Women in the Early Christian Stories: Serving and Served, Rural and Urban, in Occupied and Pacified Provinces
Antoinette Clark Wire

2.The Jesus Movement in Historical Context: Attempt at a Comparative Social History
Gerd Theissen

3.Who Are the Q Scribes? Questioning the Village Scribes Hypothesis
Alan Kenneth Kirk

4.Betwixt Past and Present: Jesus and John in Tradition, Text, and History
Rafael Rodríguez

5.The Apostle Paul and the Spiral of Roman Violence
James R. Harrison

6.Minding the Gaps: Reflecting on the Fantasy of People’s History in the Study of Christian Origins
Davina C. Lopez

7.Communication in Context: Jesus Movements and the Construction of Meaning in the Media World of the First Century
Holly E. Hearon

8.When Bridges Fail Us: Studying Economic Realities in the New Testament World
Neil Elliott

9.The Intellectual and Social Impact of an Engaged Scholar: Richard A. Horsley’s Legacy
Noelle Damico

10.Taking the Measure of Richard A. Horsley’s Scholarly Achievement
Werner H. Kelber

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