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Social description or social-scientific interpretation? A survey of modern scholarship

P. van Staden, A. G. van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 47, No 1 | a2353 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v47i1.2353 | © 1991 P. van Staden, A. G. van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 January 1991 | Published: 09 January 1991

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P. van Staden, University of Pretoria, South Africa
A. G. van Aarde, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Recent interest in the social aspects of the first-century Mediterranean world reflected in the texts of the New Testament has taken primarily two directions. The one approach concentrates on social description, and the oth er on social-scientific interp re tatio n . This article surveys the major works of several of the leading exponents of this type of study in terms of the extent to which they make use of the social sciences. It differs from existing surveys by having an in-depth look at the elements of social-scientific theory and method actually employed, and by making a comparative assessment of the importance allocated by different authors to the role of the text as a deliberate construction.

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