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How the Bible Works: An Anthropological Study of Evangelical Biblicism

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What do evangelicals believe when they 'believe in the Bible?' Despite hundreds of English versions that differ in their texts, evangelicals continue to believe that there is a stable text--'the Bible'--which is the authoritative word of God and an essential guide to their everyday lives. To understand this phenomenon of evangelical Biblicism, anthropologist and biblical s ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published April 30th 2004 by Altamira Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Mark Jr.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, kindle
Some Helpful Insights, But Fewer than I Had Hoped For

Did his homework as a churchgoer and scholar. Writes in a stylistically formalized way. Speaks of evangelicals as objects of historical curiosity. Dismisses, it seemed to me, the important question of whether or not the Bible actually can carry divine authority.

The thing I liked the most was his careful rhetorical analysis of a portion of a real-live sermon. He showed how the Bible is used, well in this case I think, to demonstrate contemporar
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Amy J.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I appreciate this book for a few thoughts that had not really been clear to me before:

I especially liked an idea conveyed in chapters 3 and 4 related to biblical interpretation, tradition, and biblical authority. Basically, as I understand its significance, what evangelicals CLAIM is that the bible contains a set of teachings. They are simply reading the bible, interpreting it, and accepting and applying these teachings, which form their beliefs. BUT what Malley claims is that that is backwards.
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Susannah
Nov 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is one of the only (if not the only) book I've found that looks at evangelical interpretive _practices_. I think he really gets it right by describing literalism as an interpretive tradition that is a species of belief tradition in relationship to a text (not necessarily an interpretive relation). He also points out that many scholars seem to take the avowal of literalism at its face value rather than investigating the practices. His theoretical analysis comes out of cognitive theories ...more
Adam Lewis
A close and objective look at how literacy and epistemology in a cultural setting interact. "The Bible" is viewed by people in our culure much as people in other cultures view "The Koran." It is very interesting how narrative forms mythic belief.
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