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The death of Herod : an essay in the sociology of religion

Author: Richard K Fenn
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This work is intended to be a 'taster' to sociological method for students of the New Testament. While the sociology of the Bible is presently something of a growth industry, Richard Fenn believes that an introduction to the peculiar craft of sociology is missing, a book which demonstrates how fruitful the relationship between the social sciences and biblical studies can be when sociological method is imaginatively  Read more...
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Named Person: Herod, King of Judea; Herodian dynasty; Flavius Josephus; Herod, King of Judaea.; Hérode, (roi des Juifs ;; Flavius Josèphe; Hérodes (dynastie); König I ) Herodes (Judäa
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard K Fenn
ISBN: 0521414822 9780521414821 0521425026 9780521425025
OCLC Number: 24546179
Description: 200 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Richard Fenn.
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"This work is intended to be a 'taster' to sociological method for students of the New Testament. While the sociology of the Bible is presently something of a growth industry, Richard Fenn believes that an introduction to the peculiar craft of sociology is missing, a book which demonstrates how fruitful the relationship between the social sciences and biblical studies can be when sociological method is imaginatively applied to the New Testament. Fenn's point of departure is the particular historical event of the death of Herod the Great. He focuses on Josephus' account of the trials of Herod's sons, the death of Herod himself, and the crisis of succession which followed his death. Josephus' account is shown to provide a rich sociological resource, in that he observes how speech was used to conceal rather than to convey individuals' true interests and commitments. His account also reveals the failure of the trial as a critically important institution for restoring confidence in public discourse. The result, the author argues, is the intensification of conflict within, and between, generations, at every level of Palestinian society. The succession-crisis thus becomes a crisis in the ability of Palestinian society to reproduce itself from one generation to the next, the effects of which can still be observed in the legacy of the Jesus movement. The example presented therefore casts light on the general question of how societies may pass on their sources of authority from one generation to another."--Jacket.

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