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Original Research: Foundation subjects - Old and New Testament Studies

Insults and face work in the Bible

John J. Pilch

HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 70, No 1 (2014), 8 pages. doi: 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2655

Submitted: 13 March 2014
Published:  30 October 2014


Insults play a key role in social interaction in the agonistic culture of the Middle East. This article constructs a social scientific model of social interaction regarding face work and insults and then filters the Gospel of Matthew through that model to highlight the prevalence of insult in the biblical world.

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John J. Pilch, Johns Hopkins University, Odyssey Program, United States of America; Department of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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