Social Science and the Christian Scriptures, Volume 3
Sociological Introductions and New Translation
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"Whereas for decades New Testament scholars have used selected social scientific theories to interpret the New Testament texts and reconstruct the history of the movements in which they were written, Anthony Blasi is an eminent sociologist well versed in New Testament scholarship. These volumes offer fresh insights, challenge assumptions, and invite more rigorous integration of social scientific and historical critical approaches to Scripture. Readers will undoubtedly find much with which to disagree, but also much to stimulate further and deeper enquiry."
--Nicholas Taylor, St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Glasgow, UK
"This is a work of complete maturity. The book combines critical-historical interpretation, sociological analysis, and the method and theorization of the social sciences with great mastery, according to each book of the New Testament. The whole is undertaken with rigor and elegance, with the confluence of synthesis and innovative openness, both to textual knowledge, method, and perspective. It is a remarkable work."
--Paul-Andre Turcotte, author of Intransigeance ou compromise: Sociologie et histoire du catholicisme actuel
"Intertwining together the biblical texts with the cultural social context in which they were born and have grown, the author gives us a masterpiece of sociological interpretation, employing categories such as charisma, conflict, social stratification, gender, slavery, and leadership. Blasi sheds new light on issues that are greatly debated within contemporary society. A monumental work."
--Giuseppe Giordan, University of Padova, Italy