Ethnicity – Bible

[31 Dec 2015]

For fuller bibliographies on the Ethnicity in the Bible, see James C. Miller, “Ethnicity in the Hebrew Bible: Problems and Prospects” CBR 6.2 2008.

And the newer works by Eric Barreto (2010), Aaron Kuecker (2011), and Coleman A. Baker (2011) listed below.

Baker, Coleman A. Identity, Memory, and Narrative: Peter, Paul, and Recategorization in Acts and Early Christianity. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2011.

Baker, Cynthia M. “‘From Every Nation under Heaven’: Jewish Ethnicities in the Greco-Roman World.” Pages 79–99 in Prejudice and Christian Beginnings: Investigating Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Early Christianity. Edited by Laura Nasrallah and Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010.

Barclay, John M G. 1996. “‘Neither Jew Nor Greek’: Multiculturalism and the New Perspective on Paul.” In Ethnicity and the Bible, edited by Mark G. Brett, 197-214. BibIntSer 19. Leiden: Brill.

Barreto, Eric D. Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16. WUNT 294. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010.

Ben Zvi, Ehud. “Inclusion in and Exclusion from Israel as Conveyed by the Use of the Term ‘Israel’ in Post-Monarchic Biblical Texts.” Pages 95-149 in The Pitcher Is Broken: Memorial Essays for Gösta W. Ahlström. Edited by Steven W. Holloway and Lowell K. Handy. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series 190. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995.

Berquist, Jon L. “Constructions of Identity in Postcolonial Yehud.” Pages 53-66 in Judah and the Judeans in the Persian Period. Edited by Oded Lipschits and Manfred Oeming. Winona Lake, Ind: Eisenbrauns, 2006.

Brett, Mark G., ed. Ethnicity and the Bible. Leiden: Brill Academic, 1996.

Brett, Mark G. “Israel’s Indigenous Origins: Cultural Hybridity and the Formation of Israelite Ethnicity.” Biblical Interpretation 11, no. 3/4 (2003): 400-412.

Campbell, William S. Paul and the Creation of Christian Identity. Library of New Testament Studies 322. London: T&T Clark, 2006.

Cohen, Shaye J. D. The Beginnings of Jewishness: Boundaries, Varieties, Uncertainties. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Cromhout, Markus.  Jesus and Identity: Reconstructing Judean Ethnicity in Q. Matrix: The Bible in Mediterranean Context. Eugene: Cascade. 2007.

Cromhout, Markus. Religion and covenantal praxis in first century Judeanism. HTS 63.1 (2007): 171-205.

Cromhout, Markus.  “Paul’s ‘former conduct in the Judean way of life’ (Gal 1:13) … or not?” HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 65(1) 2009. Abstract PDF

Cromhout, Markus. Walking in Their Sandals. A Guide to First-Century Israelite Ethnic Identity. Eugene, OR: Cascade. 2010.

[For other relevant articles by Cromhout see his publications page: http://markuscromhout.wordpress.com/publications/]

Crüsemann, Frank. “Human Solidarity and Ethnic Identity: Israel’s Self-Definition in the Genealogical System of Genesis.” Pages 57-76 in Ethnicity and the Bible. Edited by Mark G. Brett. Leiden: Brill Academic, 1996.

Duling, Dennis C. “Whatever Gain I Had . . .”: Ethnicity and Paul’s Self-Identification in Philippians 3:5-6.” Pages 222-241 in Fabrics of Discourse: Essays in Honor of Vernon K. Robbins. Edited by David B. Gowler, L. Gregory Bloomquist, and Duane F. Watson. London: Trinity International, 2003. Reprinted:  HTS 64 (2008):799-818. Abstract PDF

Duling, Dennis C.  “Ethnicity, Ethnocentrism, and the Matthean ethnos.” BTB 35 (2005) :125–43.

Duling, Dennis C. “Corinthians 11:22: Historical context, rhetoric, and ethnicity.” HTS 64 (2008):819-43. Abstract PDF

Edelman, Diana. “Ethnicity in Early Israel.” Pages 26-55 in Ethnicity and the Bible. Edited by Mark G. Brett. Leiden: Brill Academic, 2002.

Esler, Philip F. Galatians. London; New York: Routledge. 1998

Esler, Philip F. Conflict and Identity in Romans: The Social Setting of Paul’s Letter. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003.

Esler, Philip F. “Ancient Oleiculture and Ethnic Differentiation: The Meaning of the Olive-Tree Image in Romans 11.” JSNT 26 (2003):103-124.

Esler, Philip F. “Social identity, the Virtues, and the Good Life: A new approach to Romans 12:1-15:13.” BTB (2003) 33:51-63.

Esler, Philip F. “Ezra-Nehemiah as a Narrative of (Re-Invented) Israelite Identity.” Biblical Interpretation 11, no. 3-4 (2003): 413-426.

Esler, Philip F. 2006. “Paul’s Contestation of Israel’s (Ethnic) Memory of Abraham in Galatians 3.” BTB 36 (2006):23-33.

Glover, N. “Your People, My People: An Exploration of Ethnicity in Ruth.” JSOT 33 (2009): 293–313.

Hall, Jonathan. Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Hays, J. Daniel. From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race. New Studies in Biblical Theology. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2003.

Hellerman, Joseph H. Jesus and the People of God: Reconfiguring Ethnic Identity. New Testament monographs 21. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007.

Hodge, Caroline Johnson. “Olive Trees and Ethnicities. Judeans and Gentiles in Rom. 11.17–24.” Pages 77–89 in Christians as a Religious Minority in a Multicultural City: Modes of Interaction and Identity Formation in Early Imperial Rome. Edited by Jürgen Zangenberg and Michael Labahn. JSNTSup 243. London: T&T Clark, 2004.

Holloway, Steven W., and Lowell K. Handy eds. The Pitcher Is Broken: Memorial Essays for Gösta W. Ahlström. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series 190. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995.

Horrell, David G. “‘Race’, ‘Nation’, ‘People’: Ethnic Identity-Construction in 1 Peter 2.9.” NTS 58, no. 1 (2011): 123–43.

Hostetter, Edwin C. Nations Mightier and More Numerous: The Biblical View of Palestine’s Pre-Israelite Peoples. BIBAL Dissertation Series 3. N. Richland Hills, Tex: BIBAL, 1995.

Killebrew, Ann E. Biblical Peoples and Ethnicity: An Archaeological Study of Egyptians, Canaanites, Philistines, and Early Israel 1300-1100 B.C.E. Archaeology and Biblical Studies 9. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005.

Kratz, Reinhard G. “Israel in the Book of Isaiah.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 31 (2006): 103-128.

Kreitzer, Mark R. The Concept of Ethnicity in the Bible: A Theological Analysis. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press. 2009.

Kuecker, Aaron. The Spirit and the “Other”: Social Identity, Ethnicity and Intergroup Reconciliation in Luke-Acts. LNTS 444. London: T&T Clark, 2011.

Mojola, Aloo Osotsi. “The ‘Tribes’ of Israel? A Bible Translator’s Dilemma.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 81 (1998): 15-29.

Mullen, Theodore E. Jr. Ethnic Myths and Pentateuchal Foundations: A New Approach to the Formation of the Pentateuch. SBL Semeia Studies. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1997.

Nasrallah, Laura, and Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, eds. Prejudice and Christian Beginnings: Investigating Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Early Christianity. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010.

Ramírez Kidd, José E. Alterity and Identity in Israel: The gr in the Old Testament. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 283. Berlin: de Gruyter, 1999.

Schnabel, Eckhard J. “Israel, the People of God, and the Nations.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 45, no. 1 (2002): 35-57.

Scobie, C. H. H. “Israel and the Nations: An Essay in Biblical Theology.” Tyndale Bulletin 43 (1992): 283-305.

Sheriffs, Deryck C.T. “‘A Tale of Two Cities’ – Nationalism in Zion and Babylon.” Tyndale Bulletin 39 (1988): 19-57.

Sim, David C. “Christianity and Ethnicity in the Gospel of Matthew.” Pages 171-195 in Ethnicity and the Bible. Edited by Mark G. Brett. Leiden: Brill Academic, 2002.

Southwood, Katherine E. “‘And They Could Not Understand Jewish Speech’: Language, Ethnicity, and Nehemiah’s Intermarriage Crisis.” JTS 62, no. 1 (2011): 1–19.

Sparks, Kenton L. Ethnicity and Identity in Ancient Israel. Winona Lake, Ind: Eisenbrauns, 1998.

Stegemann, Wolfgang. “The Emergence of God’s New People: The Beginnings of Christianity Reconsidered.” HTS 62 (2006):23–40.

Thatcher, Tom. The Riddles of Jesus in John: A Study in Tradition and Folklore. Society of Biblical Literature Monograph Series 53. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2000.

Volf, Miroslav. Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996.

Watson, Francis. Paul, Judaism and the Gentiles: A Sociological Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Weems, Renita J. “The Hebrew Women Are Not Like the Egyptian Women: The Ideology of Race, Gender and Sexual Reproduction in Exodus 1.” Semia 59 (1992): 25-34.

Cromhout, Markus.

5 thoughts on “Ethnicity – Bible

  1. Markus says:

    Hi there, you might want to add these to your bibliography:

    Barclay, John M G. 1996. “‘Neither Jew Nor Greek’: Multiculturalism and the New Perspective on Paul.” In Ethnicity and the Bible, edited by Mark G. Brett, 197-214. BibIntSer 19. Leiden: Brill.
    Cromhout, Markus. 2007. Jesus and Identity: Reconstructing Judean Ethnicity in Q. Matrix: The Bible in Mediterranean Context. Eugene: Cascade.
    ———. 2009. “Paul’s ‘former conduct in the Judean way of life’ (Gal 1:13) … or not?” HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 65(1), Art. #127, 12 pages. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v65i1.127.
    ———. 2010. Walking in Their Sandals. A Guide to First-Century Israelite Ethnic Identity. Eugene, OR: Cascade. Forthcoming.
    Duling, Dennis C. 2005. “Ethnicity, Ethnocentrism, and the Matthean ethnos.” BTB 35:125–43.
    ———. 2008a. “’Whatever gain I had …’: Ethnicity and Paul’s self-
    identifications in Philippians 3:5-6.” HTS 64:799-818.
    ———. 2008b. “Corinthians 11:22: Historical context, rhetoric, and
    ethnicity.” HTS 64:819-43.
    Esler, Philip F. 1998. Galatians. London; New York: Routledge.
    ———. 2003a. Conflict and identity in Romans: The social setting of Paul’s letter. Minneapolis: Fortress.
    ———. 2003b. “Ancient Oleiculture and Ethnic Differentiation: The Meaning of the Olive-Tree Image in Romans 11.” JSNT 26:103-124.
    ———. 2003c. “Social identity, the Virtues, and the Good Life: A new approach to Romans 12:1-15:13.” BTB 33:51-63.
    ———. 2006. “Paul’s Contestation of Israel’s (Ethnic) Memory of Abraham in
    Galatians 3.” BTB 36:23-33.
    Stegemann, Wolfgang. 2006. “The Emergence of God’s New People: The Beginnings of Christianity Reconsidered.” HTS 62:23–40.

    • Ben says:

      Thanks!! These are really helpful. I’ve downloaded all your articles and will give try to read over the weekend. I’d be interested to get your input on what you think is happening in Acts.

  2. Markus says:

    Ben, for Acts I suggest you contact JC Baker (http://colemanbaker.wordpress.com/) who did a PhD on Acts, and it will be published as well. He especially looks at how the figures of Peter and Paul are used as examples of identity in the community.

  3. Mark R. Kreitzer says:

    Hi Ben, I would think that Miroslav Volf’s book Exclusion and Embrace is directly applicable to the subject as well as Dewi Hughes, Castrating Culture: A Christian Perspective on Ethnic Identity from the Margins.
    Blessings!
    MRK

    • Ben says:

      Thanks, Mark (finally getting around to updating), and added a few other titles. Many of the other bibliographies need updating too.

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