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The Death of Herod

  • By Richard K. Fenn
$35.99
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. Such a book would demonstrate 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

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  • Additional Details
    • SKU: 9780521425025
    • Manufacturer: Cambridge
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780521425025
    • Publication Date: 03/01/2008
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Richard K. Fenn
    • Page Count: 212
    • Width: 5.36 inches
    • Height: 0.46 inches
    • Length: 8.41 inches
    • Weight: 0.57 pounds
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