SOCIOLOGICAL STUDIES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE
AbstractThe article traces selective trends in sociological and social scientific studies of the Old and New Testament over the past twenty years. The contributions of scholars like NK Gottwald and WA Meeks are considered along with other seminal thinkers. While sociological studies in particular have the potential to raise new questions and so bring new insights to the biblical text, often real significance of such methodologies is to be found in the interface with cognate fields like archaeology and literary studies. The resultant studies may in turn assist in providing the necessary framework within which to interpret both the Bible and one's own socio-political context.
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