The T&T Clark Social Identity Commentary is a one-of-a-kind comprehensive Bible resource that highlights the way the New Testament seeks to form the social identity of the members of the earliest Christ-movement. By drawing on the interpretive resources of social scientific theories new questions are asked of the New Testament which results in new answers to many established questions. The commentary provides helpful overviews of each New Testament text that focus on the various social dimensions of the text. It also includes an outline of each text that offers a concise picture of that text as a work of social influence. The volume offers methodologically informed discussions of difficult and disputed passages and highlights the cultural context of those passages in a theoretically informed way.
The contributors draw on the resources of social anthropology, historical sociology, and social identity theory and build on the combination of social history and social theory in order to bring to the fore often overlooked aspects of the New Testament. Charts, maps, inscriptions, and other artefacts explain more concretely some of the every-day lived experiences of the members of the Christ-movement under the Roman Empire and offer further insight into the complex interaction of existing and new identities that produced Christianity. The commentary shows that identity formation is at the heart of what the New Testament is all about and offers insights for scholars, students and leaders of faith communities wrestling with those issues today.