"A dramatically distinctive commentary. Scattered throughout the reading scenarios are mini-essays that present honor and shame, coalitions and factions, patronage, the three-zone personality and other social institutions peculiar to Mediterranean culture. For preachers and teachers,"---Modern Liturgy. 448 pages, softcover. Fortress.
This latest addition to the Fortress Social-Science Commentaries on New Testament writings illuminates the values, perceptions, and social codes of the Mediterranean culture that shaped Paul and his interactions -both harmonious and conflicted - with others. Malina and Pilch add new dimensions to our understanding of the apostle as a social change agent, his coworkers as innovators, and his gospel as an assertion of the honor of the God of Israel.
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