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Bibil Identifier bibil:249408
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Social Science Perspectives in Early Christian Studies in a Nordic Context
Author Moxnes, Halvor
Journal Biblical Theology Bulletin (Volume: 48, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2018
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2018
Year (Copyright) 2018
Year (Reference) 2018
Language English
Pages 76-84 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This homage to Bruce Malina describes his visit to Norway in 1986, and reviews Nordic scholarship using social science criticism in New Testament and Early Christian studies in the last 40 years. Based on a common history and collaboration in academic politics, the Nordic countries make up a unity that has made it possible to establish Nordic studies in Early Christianity as a central player in international scholarship. Nordic scholars have especially been active in the second phase of social science criticism with its focus on social identities and ritual. Their most significant contribution has been in the exploration of socio-cognitive perspectives, where Helsinki University has had a leading role. A major discussion has been the relation between social-science criticism emphasizing the difference between antiquity and the modern world, and cognitive studies that focus on similarity. However, instead of absolute contrasts they may be regarded as supplementary approaches in historical studies of Early Christianity.
DOI 10.1177/0146107918763046
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Sociology
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