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The Politics of Peace : Ephesians, Dio Chrysostom, and the Confucian Four Books - Te-Li Lau

The Politics of Peace

Ephesians, Dio Chrysostom, and the Confucian Four Books

By: Te-Li Lau

Hardcover Published: 30th December 2009
ISBN: 9789004180536
Number Of Pages: 360

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Although scholarship has noted the thematic importance of peace in Ephesians, few have examined its political character in a sustained manner throughout the entire letter. This book addresses this lacuna, comparing Ephesians with Colossians, Greek political texts, Dio Chrysostom's Orations, and the Confucian Four Books in order to ascertain the rhetorical and political nature of its topos of peace. Through comparison with analogous documents both within and without its cultural milieu, this study shows that Ephesians can be read as a politico-religious letter "concerning peace" within the church. Its vision of peace contains common political elements (such as moral education, household management, communal stability, a universal humanity, and war) that are subsumed under the controlling rubric of the unity and cosmic summing up of all things in Christ.

'Lau must be applauded for juggling a huge range of primary and secondary literature in an interesting manner and for offering extensive, helpful footnotes to comparative ancient and other texts, as well as scholarly discussions and additional resources throughout his book. [...] will [be] useful to New Testament scholars or anyone interested in comparative studies of Greek, Jewish, early Christian, and Confucian thought. It complements the discussion of Ephesians' use of Greco-Roman values by Daniel Darko (2008) and the discussion of ethnic reconciliation by Tet-Lim Yee (2005).' Minna Shkul, RBL 12/2012

Prefacep. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introduction to the Taskp. 1
History of Investigationp. 6
Commentary Traditionp. 8
Eberhard Faustp. 9
Ann Holmes Reddingp. 13
The Taskp. 15
Assumptions and Guidelinesp. 21
Ephesians is Authenticp. 22
Emphasis on the Rhetorical Characterp. 24
Comparison of Ephesians vis-à-vis Colossiansp. 25
Comparison of the Vision of Peace in the Orations of Dio Chrysostom and Ephesiansp. 27
Comparison of the Vision of Peace in the Confucian Four Books and Ephesiansp. 28
Summary and Looking Aheadp. 33
Comparison of Ephesians with Colossiansp. 35
Narrative of Alienation and Reconciliationp. 39
Paul's Apostolic Ministry of the Mysteryp. 46
The Will of God (($$$) $$$ $$$ $$$)p. 47
The Gospel ($$$ $$$$$$)p. 49
The Mystery ($$$ $$$)p. 50
The "In Christ" Phrasep. 52
Body of Christp. 58
Use of Scripture in Ephesiansp. 61
Ephesians 2:17p. 62
Ephesians 4:8-10p. 63
Ephesians 4:25-26ap. 65
Trinitarian Formulasp. 67
Lovep. 71
Summaryp. 74
The Political in Ephesiansp. 76
Jew-Gentile Reconciliation: One New Humanityp. 81
Ethnic Tension and Enmity between Jews and Gentilesp. 82
Pauline Strategies to Relieve Ethnic Tensionp. 86
Call to Unity (4:1-16)p. 97
Concord and Discord in Eph 4:1-16p. 100
Appeals to "Ones": The Unity of Divine Beings, and Things in Commonp. 105
Appeals to the Political Unit as a Body and to Common Advantagep. 108
Ethics and Politicsp. 111
Communal Ethosp. 112
Education and Imitationp. 115
Communal Harmony and Peacep. 121
(∏$$$)p. 121
($$$)p. 123
Walk in Love ($$$^$$$, $$$$$$, $$$, $$$)p. 124
The Householdp. 127
($$$) Motif in the Hellenistic-Roman Worldp. 128
Political Character of the Ephesian Household Motif and Household Codep. 132
Function of the Household Codes in Ephesiansp. 137
War and Politicsp. 142
Warfare in Ephesiansp. 145
Martial Imagery and Politicsp. 146
War and Peacep. 149
Summary and Synthesisp. 153
The Vision of Peace in Dio Chrysostomp. 157
The Kingship Orationsp. 162
Portrayal of the Ideal Kingp. 165
The Education of a Kingp. 174
The Kingship Orations and Concordp. 178
The Concord Orations Delivered in Bithyniap. 183
Concord between Citiesp. 183
Concord within a Cityp. 189
The Rationale for Concordp. 193
Synthesis and Overviewp. 199
Political Personap. 199
The Nature of Concordp. 202
Elements in Dio's Vision of Peacep. 204
The Vision of Peace in the Confucian Four Booksp. 208
The Daxuep. 212
The Daxue and the Role of Confucian Educationp. 213
Three Guiding Principlesp. 217
Eight Particular Stepsp. 223
Self-cultivationp. 227
Governing Othersp. 230
The Zhongyongp. 232
Elements of the Way of Heavenp. 234
Confluence of the Way of Man and the Way of Heavenp. 238
The Role of the Mind in Cultivating the Wayp. 241
The Role of Rites in Cultivating the Wayp. 245
Synthesis and Overviewp. 254
Brief Comparison of the Daxue and the Zhongyongp. 254
Confucian Understanding of the Nature of Peacep. 255
Elements in the Confucian Vision of Peacep. 258
Comparing Visions of Peacep. 265
Three Visions of Peacep. 265
Nature of Peacep. 265
Nature of Dionic Peacep. 266
Nature of Confucian Peacep. 267
Nature of Ephesian Peacep. 270
Elements in the Three Visions of Peacep. 275
Appeals for Peace and their Frame of Referencep. 275
Sequence for Implementing the Vision of Peacep. 280
Central Operative Principlep. 282
Balancing and Reimagining Hierarchyp. 285
Implications of this Studyp. 287
Appendixp. 297
Bibliographyp. 302
Index of Modern Authorsp. 335
Index of Ancient Sourcesp. 340
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ISBN: 9789004180536
ISBN-10: 9004180532
Series: Novum Testamentum, Supplements
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 30th December 2009
Publisher: Brill
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.76