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Honor, Patronage, Kinship and Purity by David Arthur Desilva
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Sep 15, 09

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This is a great book. It gives a great background to the socio-culture background of the New Testament. Most people tend to think the New Testament people were a lot like us -- just without computers, cell phones, and electricity. But as this book points out, their most basic cultural values were different. We, who do not live in an honor-shame society or with patronage-- cannot fully understand the NT world without understanding their mindset. This book is a valuable tool to do so and is interesting and not laborious to read. Also check out Malina's social-science commentaries on the Synoptic Gospels and on John.

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