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The Social Setting of Jesus and the Gospels
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The Social Setting of Jesus and the Gospels

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Fortress Press 2002

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What do the social sciences have to contribute to the study of Jesus and the Gospels? This is the fundamental question that these essays all address. From analyses of ancient economics to altered states of consciousness, politics, ritual, kinship, and labeling, this group of scholars presents salient contextual data needed to yield the most fruitful and rich study of Jesus and the Gospels.

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Key Features

  • Explores how the social sciences contribute to the study of Jesus
  • Presents the latest research on New Testament backgrounds
  • Includes essays that address fundamental questions about the Gospels


  • “Social-Scientific Methods in Historical Jesus Research” by Bruce J. Malina
  • “Ethnocentrism and Historical Questions About Jesus” by Richard L. Rohrbaugh
  • “The Contextual Ethics of Jesus” by Wolfgang Stegemann
  • “Jesus as Fatherless Child” by Andries van Aarde
  • “Jesus Heals the Hemorrhaging Woman” by Stuart L. Love
  • “Altered States of Consciousness in the Synoptics” by John J. Pilch
  • “Jesus and the Demoniacs” by Christian Strecker
  • “The Baptism of Jesus: A Ritual-Critical Approach” by Richard E. DeMaris
  • “The Politics of Exorcism” by Santiago Guijarro
  • “The Historical Jesus and Honor Reversal at the Table” by S. Scott Bartchy
  • “Jesus and the Reduction of Intergroup Conflict” by Philip F. Esler
  • “The Plague of Uncleanness? The Ancient Illness Construct ‘Issue of Blood’ in Luke 8:43–48” by Annette Weissenrieder
  • “The Political Dimension of Jesus’ Activities” by Gerd Theissen
  • “The Political Jesus: Discipleship and Disengagement” by T. Raymond Hobbs
  • “Jesus and the Social Bandits” by K.C. Hanson
  • “The Jesus Movement and Network Analysis” by Dennis C. Duling
  • “Money in the Moral Universe of the New Testament” by Douglas E. Oakman
  • “Gifts, Tributes, and Offerings” by Gary Stansell
  • “The Gospel in Comparison with the Pauline Letters: What We Can Learn from Social-Scientific Models” by Albert Verdoodt

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About the Editors

Bruce J. Malina is professor of new testament at Creighton University and author, coauthor, and editor of many influential volumes in New Testament, including Social-Science Commentary (4 vols.), Social-Science Commentary on the Book of Acts, Social-Science Commentary on the Letters of Paul, and more.

Wolfgang Stegemann is emeritus professor of New Testament at the Augustana Hochschule, Neuendettelsau, Germany, and is coauthor of The Jesus Movement: A Social History of Its First Century and Jesus and the Hope of the Poor. He is coeditor of The God of the Lowly: Socio-historical Interpretations of the Bible and The Social Setting of Jesus and the Gospels.

Gerd Theissen is professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is the author of The Miracle Stories of the Early Christian Tradition and more.

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