The Social Life of Scriptures (Hardcover)

Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism (Signifying on Scriptures)

By James Bielo (Editor), Brian Malley (Contributions by), Jon Bialecki (Contributions by), Erika Muse (Contributions by), Eric Hoenes Del Pinal (Contributions by), John Pulis (Contributions by), Liam Murphy (Contributions by), Simon Coleman (Contributions by), Susan Harding (Contributions by), Rosamond Rodman (Contributions by), C. Samson (Contributions by), Akesha Baron (Contributions by)

Rutgers University Press, 9780813546056, 272pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2009

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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.