edited by James Bielo
contributions by Rosamond Rodman, C. Samson, Akesha Baron, Brian Malley, Jon Bialecki, Erika Muse, Eric Hoenes Del Pinal, John Pulis, Liam Murphy, Simon Coleman and Susan Harding
Rutgers University Press, 2009
Cloth: 978-0-8135-4605-6 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-4841-8 | Paper: 978-0-8135-4606-3
Library of Congress Classification BS538.7.A43 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 220.09


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.

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