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My Beloved Brothers and Sisters : Christian Siblingship in Paul - Reidar Aasgaard

My Beloved Brothers and Sisters

Christian Siblingship in Paul

Paperback Published: 10th January 2004
ISBN: 9780567084811
Number Of Pages: 376

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In his letters, the apostle Paul commonly refers to his fellow believers as 'adelfoi', as 'brothers and sisters' (siblings). Here, Reidar Aasgaard offers the first in-depth, and by far the most profound, analysis of the sibling vocabulary in the Pauline epistles.

Aasgaard researches family and sibling relations in the Graeco-Roman and Jewish context and discusses the relevant texts on siblingship in Paul's authentic letters. He argues that sibling terminology is both central and charged with meaning for Paul, who employs contemporary notions of what sibling and family relations should be about: emotional closeness, love, tolerance and forgiveness, defence of family honour, and familial harmony. In various contexts Paul utilizes these ideals rhetorically in order to influence the attitudes and behaviour of the Christians he addresses.

Paul's use of this kind of language was significant and powerful, yet through his exploration of Paul's metaphor Aasgaard shows that it does not necessarily convey 'egalitarian' relationships, as much recent scholarship has generally claimed.

Introductionp. 2
Family and siblingship in Paul : a history of researchp. 10
Family and siblingship as metaphors : a metaphor - theoretical approachp. 23
'A haven in a heartless world' : siblings within the framework of the familyp. 34
Castor and Pollux, Martha and Mary : the sibling relationshipp. 61
Plutarch on brotherly love : a case study of siblingshipp. 93
Like a brother and a sister : metaphorical use of sibling languagep. 107
Mapping Paul's family language : family and sibling metaphors in Paulp. 118
Siblings of Christ - children of God? : Jesus as 'firstborn among many siblings' (Rom. 8.29)p. 137
Love your brothers and sisters! ([actual symbol not reproducible] in 1 Thess. 4.9-12/Rom. 12.9-13)p. 151
Welcome those who are weak! (1 Cor. 8.1-11.1 and Rom. 14.1-15.13)p. 178
Do not sue your brother! (1 Cor. 6.1-11)p. 217
Brothers in the flesh and in the Lord : family role encounters in Paul (Philemon et al.)p. 237
'My brothers and sisters!' : sibling address in Paulp. 261
Father, siblings, and false siblings : Paul's relationship with his co-Christiansp. 285
Christian siblingship in Paulp. 306
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ISBN: 9780567084811
ISBN-10: 0567084817
Series: Studies of the New Testament and Its World : Book 265
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 10th January 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.95  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition