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Sister Or Wife? 1 Corinthians 7 And : Corinthians 7 and Cultural Anthropology -  Gordon

Sister Or Wife? 1 Corinthians 7 And

Corinthians 7 and Cultural Anthropology

By: Gordon

Hardcover Published: 1st November 1997
ISBN: 9781850756859

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This work investigates the social dynamics within the Corinthian community and the function of Paul's argumentation in the light of those dynamics. The models of Victor Turner and Mary Douglas, cultural anthropologists, guide the inquiry. Gordon concludes that the conflict in 1 Corinthians 7 arose as the result of two antithetical views of the root metaphor, 'In Christ all are children of God, no male and female'. One group supported a kinship system based on patrilineal marriage and hierarchical community structures. A second group demanded that an egalitarian sibling relationship should order the community. Paul attempts to persuade both factions that their commitment to each other and to him is primary. His arguments encourage each group to reconsider the absoluteness of its stance and to learn to live with ambiguity.

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Abbreviationsp. 8
Introductionp. 11
Social Science Methodology and the New Testamentp. 35
The Social Context of 1 Corinthians 7: Marriage, a Descriptionp. 59
A Social Drama Unfolds: The Social Dynamics of a Conflictp. 99
Redressive Action: Paul's Attempt to Restore Peacep. 140
The Resolution of the Social Drama: The Journey of a Metaphorp. 178
Summary and Concluding Remarksp. 213
Bibliographyp. 219
Index of Referencesp. 239
Index of Authorsp. 245
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ISBN: 9781850756859
ISBN-10: 1850756856
Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Published: 1st November 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1