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Social-scientific criticism: Perspective, process and payoff. Evil eye accusation at Galatia as illustration of the method

John H. Elliott
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a858 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.858 | © 2011 John H. Elliott | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 May 2010 | Published: 11 April 2011

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John H. Elliott, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco, United States Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, United States


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Abstract

This article explores a presentation of the method, emergence and contribution of social-scientific criticism (SSC) as an inter-disciplinary operation of New Testament exegesis. A description of ancient evil eye belief and practice and its appearance in Paul’s letter to the Galatians illustrates how the method contributes to a more accurate translation of the biblical text, a clarification of its logic and a fuller understanding of the social dynamics involving Paul and his opponents.

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social-scientific interpretation; evil eye

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