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Paul's Gift from Philippi : Conventions of Gift Exchange and Christian Giving - G.W. Peterman

Paul's Gift from Philippi

Conventions of Gift Exchange and Christian Giving

By: G.W. Peterman, John Court (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 8th April 2004
ISBN: 9780521572200
Number Of Pages: 260

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This book is a study of Paul's response to the financial help he received from the church in Philippi while he was a prisoner in Rome. It examines Philippians 4.10-20 in the light of Greek and Roman practices and language regarding the exchange of gifts and favors in society. Dr. Peterman concludes that "gift exchange" or "social reciprocity" permeated every level of society in Paul's day, and that Paul's seemingly ungracious response was an attempt to create a new, Christian attitude to gifts and to giving.

"Peterman's work also adds to our knowledge of conventions of social reciprocity in the Greco-Roman world and provides weighty countervailing evidence against arguments that would chop the letter to the Philippians into an assortment of separate letters sent at different times." David E. Garland, Journal of Biblical Literature "...Peterman's book is an important contribution to our understanding of the letter and of Paul's rich theology of Christian giving." James Ware, Religious Studies Review

List of abbreviations
Giving and receiving in the Old Testament and extra-biblical Jewish literature
Giving and receiving in the Graeco-Roman world
Partnership in Philippians 1-2
Philippians 4.10-20: Paul's thank-you section
Giving and receiving elsewhere in Paul's letters
Conclusions and Implications
A selection of Seneca's texts
Other uses of -O+I+ KAI AHMÑI+
The support of wandering preachers and philosophers
Bibliography, Index of Greaco-Roman authors, Papyri and inscriptions
Index of biblical books with apocrypha and fathers
Index of modern authors
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521572200
ISBN-10: 0521572207
Series: Society for New Testament Studies in Monograph
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 8th April 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48