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The Social Life of Scriptures

Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism
Edited and with an introduction by James S. Bielo
272 pages, 2, 6 x 9
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Series: Signifying on Scriptures
Subject Area:
Religion, Sociology


What do Christians do with the Bible? How do they├╣individually and collectively├╣interact 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.

Author / Editor Bio

James S. Bielo is a visiting assistant professor in the department of anthropology at Miami University in Ohio.


Brian Malley, Jon Bialecki, Erika Muse, Eric Hoenes Del Pinal, John Pulis, Liam Murphy, Simon Coleman, Susan Harding, Rosamond Rodman, C. Samson, Akesha Baron

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Encountering Biblicism
The Trouble with Good News
"In the Beginning"
The Man is the Head"
The Word of God and "Our Words"
How Q'eqchi'-Maya Catholics Become Legitimate Interpreters of the Bible
"We Are Anglicans, They Are the Church of England"
Chinese American Christian Women of New England
The Bones Restored to Life:
Textual Ideology, Textual Practice
Revolve, the Biblezine
Understanding the Bible's Influence
The Social Life of the Bible


We Fight To Win
Hava Rachel Gordon
Real Gangstas
Timothy R. Lauger
Ann V. Bell
Framing the Rape Victim
Carine M. Mardorossian