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The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life

Brent A. Strawn


This book investigates the meaning of happiness in light of biblical scholarship and developments in the study of happiness, especially via positive psychology. Nine chapters that focus on the Bible (five on the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, four on the New Testament) are accompanied by three that evaluate the theme and the biblical chapters via the disciplines of systematic theology, practical theology, and counselling psychology. An introduction frames the project in terms of the meaning (often vaguely or ill-defined) of happiness, and a conclusion offers a first attempt at writing a biblical ... More

Keywords: Bible, happiness, Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, New Testament, positive psychology, systematic theology, practical theology, counselling psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199795734
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brent A. Strawn, editor
Candler School of Theology, Emory University