Sunday, October 09, 2016

Kaden, Matthew, Paul, and the Anthropology of Law


Matthew, Paul, and the Anthropology of Law

[Matthäus, Paulus und die Anthropologie des Gesetzes.]
2016. XIV, 238 pages.
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 424

79,00 €
sewn paper
ISBN 978-3-16-154076-9

Published in English.
Drawing from Michel Foucault’s understanding of power, David A. Kaden explores how relations of power are instrumental in forming law as an object of discourse in the Gospel of Matthew and in the Letters of Paul. This is a comparative project in that the author examines the role that power relations play in generating discussions of law in the first century context, and in several ethnographies from the field of the anthropology of law from Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, and colonial-era Hawaii. Discussions of law proliferate in situations where the relations of power within social groups come into contact with social forces outside the group. David A. Kaden’s interdisciplinary approach reframes how law is studied in Christian Origins scholarship, especially Pauline and Matthean scholarship, by focusing on what makes discourses on law possible. For this he relies heavily on cross-cultural, ethnographic materials from legal anthropology.