Josiah's Passover

Sociology and the Liberating Bible

By Shigeyuki Nakanose

Josiah's Passover

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  • ISBN: 9781592445707
  • Pages: 208
  • Publication Date: 3/10/2004
  • Retail Price: $26.00
Web Price: $20.80
Web Price: $20.80

Josiah's Passover

Sociology and the Liberating Bible

By Shigeyuki Nakanose

paperback-logo

PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781592445707
  • Pages: 208
  • Publication Date: 3/10/2004
  • Retail Price: $26.00
Web Price: $20.80

About-

Focusing on the celebrated story of Josiah's Passover in 2 Kings, Shigeyuki Nakanose provides a dramatic demonstration of the contribution of sociological hermeneutics to contemporary Biblical exegesis. This method complements historical-critical exegesis by reconstructing the social systems of Biblical communities in their religious as well as their economic and political orders.

After introducing the sociological method and a brief consideration of historical and literary-critical readings of Josiah's Passover, Nakanose explicates the method of sociological analysis and its facets - economic, social, political, and ideological. Turning to the text itself, he shows clearly how the process of liturgical purification it describes is intimately tied to the centralization of political and commercial interests in ancient Israel. He then goes on to demonstrate, using the experience of Brazilian base communities, what happens when this critical reading is joined with critical reflection on the reader's own social location.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Nakanose's study of the Biblical Passover is the most thorough social and religious institutional examination of the festival ever undertaken. Only here and there have scholars before him grasped limited aspects of the comprehensive sociological critique that Nakanose provides...."

from the Foreword by Norman K. Gottwald

Contributors-

Shigeyuki Nakanose

Bio(s)-

Shigeyuki Nakanose is a Divine Word Missionary who was born in Japan. He is currently the director of the Verbo Biblical Studies Center as well as a lecturer at the ITESP (Instituto de Teologia Sao Paulo) in Brazil. He received his doctorate from New York Theological Seminary.

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