The Social Life of Scriptures: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism (Google eBook)

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Rutgers University Press, Aug 26, 2009 - Religion - 272 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

Scripture and Charisma
10
A Chapter from the Living Testament
30
Evangelical Discourse and
44
The Bible
64
How QeqchiMaya Catholics Become Legitimate
80
Dialogue and Dissemination
136
Evangelical Bible
157
A Transevangelical Text
176
Understanding the Bibles Influence
194
References
213
Notes on Contributors
231
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James S. Bielo is a visiting assistant professor in the department of anthropology at Miami University in Ohio.

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