Constructing Early Christian Families

Constructing Early Christian Families

by Halvor Moxnes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415146399

ISBN-13: 9780415146395

Pub. Date: 04/24/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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.
Particular emphasis is given to how family metaphors, such as 'brotherhood'

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Overview

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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415146395
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/24/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Preface
List of abbreviations
1Introduction1
2What is Family? Problems in Constructing Early Christian Families13
3The Family in First-Century Galilee42
4The Family as the Bearer of Religion in Judaism and Early Christianity66
5The Relativisation of Family Ties in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman Traditions81
6The Roman Family: Ideal and Metaphor103
7Family Imagery and Christian Identity in Gal 5:13 to 6:10121
8Equality Within Patriarchal Structures: Some New Testament Perspectives on the Christian Fellowship as a Brother- or Sisterhood and a Family150
9Brotherhood in Plutarch and Paul: Its Role and Character166
10Brotherhood in Christ: A Gender Hermeneutical Reading of 1 Thessalonians183
11Paul Without Passion: On Paul's Rejection of Desire in Sex and Marriage201
12Asceticism and Anti-Familial Language in the Gospel of Thomas216
13Family Structures in Gnostic Religion235
Index of ancient sources250
Index of modern authors262

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