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 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.

  

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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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