This 1992 work is intended to be a 'taster' to sociological method for students of the New Testament. Richard Fenn demonstrates how fruitful the relationship between the social sciences and biblical studies can be when sociological method is imaginatively applied to the New Testament. Fenn's point of departure is the particular historical event of the death of Herod the Great. He focuses on Josephus' account of the trials of Herod's sons, the death of Herod himself, and the crisis of succession which followed his death. Josephus' account is shown to provide a rich sociological resource, in that he observes how speech was used to conceal rather than to convey individuals' true interests and commitments. His account also reveals the failure of the trial as a critically important institution for restoring confidence in public discourse. The result, the author argues, is the intensification of conflict within, and between, generations, at every level of Palestinian society.An Essay in the Sociology of Religion Richard K. Fenn. Introduction Historians have long had before them the thesis that the history of Palestine in the first century CE is shaped by two decisive events, the succession crisis following the deathanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Death of Herod|
|Author||:||Richard K. Fenn|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 1992-07-31|