Early Christianity and Classical Culture: Comparative Studies in Honor of Abraham J. Malherbe

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This volume contains 28 essays in honor of Abraham J. Malherbe, whose work has been especially influential in exploring modes of cultural interaction between early Jews and Christians and their Graeco-Roman neighbours. Following an introductory essay on the problems inherent to such comparative studies in the history of New Testament scholarship, the essays are grouped into five topic areas: Graphos — semantics and writing, Ethos — ethics and moral characterization, Logos — rhetoric and literary expression, Ethnos — self-definition and acculturation, and Nomos — law and normative values. Some key examples are studies dealing with The Greek Idea of "Divine Nature" and its relation to the "Divine Man" tradition; Compilation of Letters in Cicero's collection; Radical Altruism in Paul; Greek Ideas of Concord and Cosmic Harmony in 1 Clement; The Rhetorical Use of Friendship Motifs in Galatians in comparison with Second Sophistic Orators; Wills and Testaments in Graeco-Roman perspective.

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'The editors can be congratulated for bringing together this volume! It is invaluable for the history and methods of scholarship on the cultural interaction between early Jews and Christians and their Greco-Roman neighbors and for the impact this has on the interpretation of the New Testament and other early Christian literature.'
Fika Van Rensburg, Review of Biblical Literature, 2006
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004130227
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Series: Novum Testamentum, Supplements Series, #110
  • Pages: 748
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

L. Michael White, Ph.D. (1982) in Religious Studies, Yale University, is R.N. Smith Professor of Classics and Christian Origins at The University of Texas at Austin. He has published extensively on archaeology and social history in early Christianity as well as on the moralist tradition in relation to the New Testament.
Thomas H. Olbricht, Ph.D. (Iowa), S.T.B. (Harvard Divinity School) is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. He has published extensively in Biblical theology, rhetoric and church history. He lives in retirement in South Berwick, Maine.
John T. Fitzgerald, Ph.D. (1984) in New Testament, Yale University, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Miami and co-editor of Philodemus and the New Testament World (Brill, 2004).
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface 1
Quod est comparandum: The Problem of Parallels 13
A Bibliography of the Writings of Abraham J. Malherbe 41
The Deja q'vous of Hippocrates and of Other "Divine Men" 49
Making Scents of Paul: The Background and Sense of 2 Cor 2: 14-17 71
"In Those Days:" Some Remarks on the Use of "Days" in Matthew 2:1, 3:1, and Luke 2:1 89
Distinct Lexical Meanings of [alpha][pi][alpha][omicron][chi][eta] in Hellenism, Judaism, and Early Christianity 103
Compilation of Letters in Cicero's Correspondence 131
A Reexamination of the Epistolary Analysis Underpinning the Arguments for the Composite Nature of Philippians 157
The Parable of the Foolish Rich Man (Luke 12:16-20) and Graeco-Roman Conventions of Thought and Behavior 181
Radical Altruism in Philippians 2:4 197
Transformation of the Mind and Moral Discernment in Paul 215
Creation, Shame and Nature in 1 Cor 11:2 16: The Background and Coherence of Paul's Argument 237
Civic Concord and Cosmic Harmony: Sources of Metaphoric Mapping in 1 Clement 20.3 259
Logos or Sophia: The Pauline Use of the Ancient Dispute between Rhetoric and Philosophy 277
The Toppling of Favarinus and Paul by the Corinthiaus 291
Rhetoric and Reality in Galatians: Framing the Social Demands of Friendship 307
Apostrophe, [Pi][omicron][omicron][delta][omicron][pi][omicron][lambda]'[lambda] and Paul's Rhetorical Education 351
Analogy and Allegory in Classical Rhetoric 371
The Art of Praise; Philo and Philodemus on Music 391
Paul and His Predecessors in the Diaspora: Some Reflections on Ethnic Identity in the Fragmentary Hellenistic Jewish Authors 429
The Jewish Paul among the Gentiles: Two Portrayals 461
The Cultural Origin of "Receiving All Nation" in Luke-Acts: Alexander the Great or Roman Social Policy? 483
Did the Churches Compete with Cult Groups? 501
Men, Women and Marital Chastity: Public Preaching and Popular Piety at Rome 525
"The Mind is its Own Place:" Defining the Topos 555
Nomos Plus Genitive Noun in Paul: The History of God's Law 575
Household Rules at Ephesus: Good, News, Bad News, No News 589
The Washing of Adam in the Acherusian Lake (Greek Life of Adam and Eve 37.3) in the Context of Early Christian Nations of Afterlife 609
Last Wills and Testaments in Graeco-Roman Perspective 637
Index of Ancient Sources 673
Index of Modern Scholars 727
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