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Constructing Early Christian Families : Family as Social Reality and Metaphor - Halvor Moxnes

Constructing Early Christian Families

Family as Social Reality and Metaphor

By: Halvor Moxnes (Editor)

Paperback Published: 24th April 1997
ISBN: 9780415146395
Number Of Pages: 288

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The family is a topical issue for studies of the Ancient world. Family, household and kinship have different connotations in antiquity from their modern ones. This volume expands that discussion to investigate the early Christian family structures within the larger Graeco-Roman context. The essays in the volume offer original and diverse perspectives; particular emphasis is given to how family metaphors, such as 'brotherhood' function to describe relations in early Christian communities. Asceticism and the rejection of sexuality are considered in the context of Christian constructions of the family. Moxnes' volume presents a comprehensive and timely addition to the study of familial and social structures in the Early Christian world, which will certainly stimulate further debate.

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..."an exceptional exploration of an important site for shaping emergent Christian groups ." -"Religious Studies Review

List of illustrations
List of contributors
List of abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
What is Family? Problems in Constructing Early Christian Familiesp. 13
The Family in First-Century Galileep. 42
The Family as the Bearer of Religion in Judaism and Early Christianityp. 66
The Relativisation of Family Ties in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman Traditionsp. 81
The Roman Family: Ideal and Metaphorp. 103
Family Imagery and Christian Identity in Gal 5:13 to 6:10p. 121
Equality Within Patriarchal Structures: Some New Testament Perspectives on the Christian Fellowship as a Brother- or Sisterhood and a Familyp. 150
Brotherhood in Plutarch and Paul: Its Role and Characterp. 166
Brotherhood in Christ: A Gender Hermeneutical Reading of 1 Thessaloniansp. 183
Paul Without Passion: On Paul's Rejection of Desire in Sex and Marriagep. 201
Asceticism and Anti-Familial Language in the Gospel of Thomasp. 216
Family Structures in Gnostic Religionp. 235
Index of ancient sourcesp. 250
Index of modern authorsp. 262
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ISBN: 9780415146395
ISBN-10: 0415146399
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 24th April 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.77  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1