The Cultural Dictionary of the Bible

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Interpreting the Bible respectfully is a cross-cultural enterprise. For those who seek to understand the Bible as a document from the ancient Mediterranean world and communicate it to people in other cultures, The Cultural Dictionary of the Bible is an ideal tool.

Scripture expert John Pilch gives the modern Bible reader an appreciation for the world in which each book of the Bible originated and an in-depth look at the Mediterranean personalities who populate the pages of the Bible. With more than 100 distinctive, Middle-Eastern notions, from Abba" to "Work," this collection provides a cultural system of shared interpretations of persons, things, and events relating to the Mediterranean region.

By applying a social-scientific approach to interpreting the Bible, Pilch shows how a multi-cultural understanding, enriched with the discoveries and insights taken from contemporary anthropological studies, can bemused to examine the distinctive, Middle Eastern cultural world of the Bible.

Since each article discusses a variety of persons, things, and events under its title, the alphabetized tale of contents presents a comprehensive list of these subjects for ready reference. Uppercase entries identify complete articles; lowercase entries list some of the related topics treated in the articles. A bibliography is provided at the end of each major article. A list of basic resources at the end of the volume presents a selection of dictionaries, atlases, and similar books for supplemental information on each topic.

Preachers, readers, RCIA participants and students alike will appreciate the index to the Sunday Lectionary readings for the full three-year cycle that is provided and its citation of the words defined in the dictionary that appear in the given readings. Includes illustrations of appropriate entries.

Entries include:
ABBA
Agriculture
Alternate Reality
ANGER
Animals
Antonia Fortress
Bailey
Beard
Bread
Blindness
Boat
Burial
Carpenter
Caves
Centurion
Christians
CLOTHES
COINS
Corban
COSMETICS AND JEWELRY
Culture
DANCE
DEATH
DECEPTION AND LYING
DRINKING AND EATING
Earrings
Eating
Emotions
Evil Eye
Eyes
Fishing
FORGIVENESS
Fortresses
Frankincense
Goats
Good Shepherd
HAIR
Hands
HEALING
Heaven
HOLY MAN
Honey
Honor and Shame
HOUSE
HUMOR
Individualism
Insider/Outsider
Israelite
Jewelry
JEWS ANDCHRISTIANS
John the Baptist
Judeans
Laughter
Life
Literary Forms
Lying
MILITARY
Milk
MUSIC
Mother
Nazirite
NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
Oath
Oil
Perfume
Peter''s House
Poor
PRAYER
Puns
Rabbi
Revenge
Roads
Salt
Satan
Sea
SECRECY
Shalom
Shame
SHEEP AND GOATS
SICKNESS
Sign
Sin
Singing
SKY
SMELLS AND TASTES
Sorghum
Space
SPIRITS
Stonemason
SYMBOLISM
Tastes
Teeth
Tents
Translation
TRAVEL
Vengeance
Water
WEATHER
Wheat
Wine
Wool
WORK

J. Pilch, PhD, teaches Scripture at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He is the author of The Cultural World of Jesus Sunday by Sunday: Cycles A, B, C, and the leaflet Selecting a Bible Translation, published by The Liturgical Press. Other The Liturgical Press publications include his commentary on Galatians and Romans in the Collegeville Bible Commentary series, and articles in The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia, The Collegeville Pastoral Dictionary of Biblical Theology, and The Bible Today.

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John J. Pilch, PhD, is professor of theology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is author of numerous articles and books, including ,Visions and Healing in Acts of the Apostles: How the Early Believers Experienced God(Liturgical Press, 2004). He is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and the International Society for Shamanistic Research, among other professional organizations.

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Publisher
Liturgical Press
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Published on
Dec 31, 1999
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Pages
209
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ISBN
9780814625279
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Biblical Reference / General
Religion / Biblical Studies / General
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John J. Pilch
How can reading the Bible in its appropriate Mediterranean cultural context shed light on concerns of believers who live in Western or other cultures? In Cultural Tools for Interpreting the Good News, John J. Pilch presents a basic introduction to the ancient Middle Eastern culture in which the Bible originated. A brief review of the life of Jesus from birth to death and resurrection guides the selection of biblical text segments to illustrate key cultural concepts so that believers may appropriate the Bible for personal or community life.

Chapter one examines the core Middle Eastern cultural concepts honor and shame as they are reflected in the stories about Jesus' origins and his behavior in adulthood. Chapter two describes how Jesus grew up to become a typical and successful male in his culture. Chapter three presents Jesus as a Holy Man in his tradition who announces the reign of God especially in parables. Chapter four shows how Jesus sought to establish the reign of God especially in his healing activities and by offering fresh insights into the appearances of the Risen Jesus.

Chapters are Honor and Shame," *How a Mediterranean Boy Becomes a Man, - *Jesus Announces the Reign of God, - *Jesus Seeks to Establish the Reign of God. -

John J. Pilch, PhD, teaches Scripture at Georgetown University as well as at the University of Pretoria. His other The Liturgical Press publications include The Cultural World of the Apostles: The Second Reading, Sunday by Sunday, Year A; The Cultural World of Jesusseries; The Triduum and Easter Sunday: Breaking Open the Scriptures; The Cultural Dictionary of the Bible; Choosing a Bible Translation; Galatians and Romans in The Collegeville Bible Commentary; and articles in The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia, The Collegeville Pastoral Dictionary of Biblical Theology, and The Bible Today.

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