Early Christian Families In Context

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Typical studies of marriage and family in the early Christian period focus on very limited evidence found in Scripture. This interdisciplinary book offers a broader, richer picture of the first Christian families by drawing together research by experts ranging from archaeologists to ancient historians.By exploring the nature of households in the ancient Greco-Roman world, the contributors assemble a new understanding of ancient Christian families that is both compelling and instructive. Divided into six parts, ...
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Overview

Typical studies of marriage and family in the early Christian period focus on very limited evidence found in Scripture. This interdisciplinary book offers a broader, richer picture of the first Christian families by drawing together research by experts ranging from archaeologists to ancient historians.By exploring the nature of households in the ancient Greco-Roman world, the contributors assemble a new understanding of ancient Christian families that is both compelling and instructive. Divided into six parts, the book covers key aspects of ancient family life, from meals and child-rearing to women's roles and the lives of slaves. Three concluding chapters explore the implications of all this information for theological education today.Contributors: David L. BalchSuzanne DixonJ. Albert HarrillRoss S. KraemerChristian LaesPeter LampeAmy-Jill LevineMargaret Y. MacDonaldDale MartinEric M. MeyersMargaret M. MitchellCarolyn OsiekBeryl RawsonRichard SallerTimothy F. SedgwickMonika TrumperAndrew Wallace-Hadrill
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Contributors
Introduction
Abbreviations
I Archaeology of Domus and Insulae
Domus and Insulae in Rome: Families and Housefuls 3
Material and Social Environment of Greco-Roman Households in the East: The Case of Hellenistic Delos 19
The Problems of Gendered Space in Syro-Palestinian Domestic Architecture: The Case of Roman-Period Galilee 44
II Domestic Values: Equality, Suffering
The Language of Equality in Early Christian House Churches: A Constructivist Approach 73
Paul's Portrait of Christ Crucified (Gal. 3:1) in Light of Paintings and Sculptures of Suffering and Death in Pompeiian and Roman Houses 84
III Women
Sex and the Married Woman in Ancient Rome 111
Typical and Atypical Family Dynamics: The Cases of Babatha and Berenice 130
Was Celsus Right? The Role of Women in the Expansion of Early Christianity 157
Women, Slaves, and the Economy of the Roman Household 185
IV Slaves
Slave Families and Slaves in Families 207
The Domestic Enemy: A Moral Polarity of Household Slaves in Early Christian Apologies and Martyrdoms 231
Female Slaves, Porneia, and the Limits of Obedience 255
V Children
Death, Burial, and Commemoration of Children in Roman Italy 277
Desperately Different? Delicia Children in the Roman Household 298
VI Implications for Theological Education
Theological Education, the Bible, and History: Detente in the Culture Wars 327
Theological Education and the Analogical Imagination 337
Why Family Matters for Early Christian Literature 345
Bibliography 359
Acknowledgments 389
Index of Modern Authors 391
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Literature 401
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