Bruce Malina

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Bruce John Malina (Brooklyn, New York, 9 October 1933) is an American biblical scholar associated with The Context Group.[1] Among Bruce Malina's studies are gender roles in the New Testament world.[2]

Recent criticism[edit]

Malina has recently come under fire for his controversial views on the Israel/Palestine conflict and how this has influenced his scholarship. On the one hand, it is claimed that he takes a firm stance against the modern state of Israel, going as far as to deny the Semitic ancestry of modern Israelis; on the other hand, critics say that Malina often ends up buying into Zionist discourses on the meaning of the term ‘Jew’ or ‘Judean’ (hoi ioudaioi), arguing that it refers to 'the land'.[3]


  1. ^ Bruce John Malina, John J. Pilch Social scientific models for interpreting the Bible - 2001 Page 1 "Bruce was born on October 9th, 1933 to Mary and Joseph Malina, St., in Brooklyn, NY, the oldest of nine children. His early education was taken at Our Lady of ...
  2. ^ Adeline Fehribach -The Women in the Life of the Bridegroom: A Feminist Historical - ...1998 p13 "Bruce Malina has anempted to reconstruct gender roies for the New Testamem world by drawing on the research cultural anthropologists have done on the concept of "honor and shame" in the Mediterranean area."
  3. ^ Myles, Robert; James Crossley (Dec 2012). "Biblical Scholarship, Jews and Israel: On Bruce Malina, Conspiracy Theories and Ideological Contradictions". The Bible and Interpretation.