Not Gods People: Insiders and Outsiders in the Biblical World Lawrence M. Wills

ISBN: 9781299795525

Published: May 10th 2014

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272 pages


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Not Gods People: Insiders and Outsiders in the Biblical World  by  Lawrence M. Wills

Not Gods People: Insiders and Outsiders in the Biblical World by Lawrence M. Wills
May 10th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 272 pages | ISBN: 9781299795525 | 4.37 Mb

In the Bible, there is a drama of defining who are truly Gods peopleand who are not. Using an array of biblical texts from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, Not Gods People explores how ancient Jews and Christians created their ownMoreIn the Bible, there is a drama of defining who are truly Gods peopleand who are not. Using an array of biblical texts from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, Not Gods People explores how ancient Jews and Christians created their own identity in relation to others. The book analyzes how biblical texts define us and them, how these texts differ in the way they define group identity, and how this process continues to be re-created by Jews and Christians today.

Not Gods People asks questions such as: How is the outsider defined? Is the ideal insider defined as the opposite of the outsider? It follows up with related questions such as: How were these definitions of we and other in the ancient communities used by later Jews and Christians?

Are the processes of community and enemy formation found in the Bible exhibited in most other cultures as well? Not Gods People ultimately shows that though the Bibles definitions of the insider and outsider changes dramatically over time, the process are enduring, and eternally true.



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