Families In The New Testament World / Edition 1

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What was the family like for the first Christians? Informed by archaeological work and illustrated by figures, this work is a remarkable window into the past, one that both informs and illuminates our current condition.

The Family, Culture, and Religion series offers informed and responsible analyses of the state of the American family from a religious perspective and provides practical assistance for the family's revitalization.

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Editorial Reviews

Eric Mount
"Billed as 'the most comprehensive discussion of the >> family >> in early Christianity in any language,' the study explores the >> transformation >> the Christianity effected on the Greco-Roman family using everything from >> floor >> plans to classical references. The coverage includes the different >> systems of >> honor and shame for men and women in that culture, the confinement of >> women >> (who were thought to be less able to control their sex drive), and the >> abstinence ideal which was medically recommended to avoid debilitation and >> even >> death. Despite its shortcomings with respect to women, Christianity turns >> out >> to be one of the least patriarchal religions of the ancient world. While >> the >> symbolically significant ritual meals of the culture underlined boundaries >> and >> differences in status, Christian meals crossed boundaries and transformed >> status."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664255466
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Family, Religion, and Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn A. Osiek is Catholic Distinguished Visiting Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, Texas.

David L. Balch is Professor of New Testament at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. He is the author or coauthor of many books, including Families in the New Testament World: Households and House Churches; Early Christian Families in Context; and Homosexuality, Science, and the "Plain Sense" of Scripture.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Material and Social Environment of the Greco-Roman Household
1 Archaeology 5
2 Cultural Anthropology 36
3 Social World 48
Pt. 2 Early Christian Families and House Churches
4 Social Location of Early Christians 91
5 Gender Roles, Marriage, and Celibacy 103
6 Education and Learning 156
7 Slaves 174
8 Family Life, Meals, and Hospitality 193
Conclusion 215
Abbreviations 223
Notes 225
Glossary 287
Bibliography 291
Index of Subjects 303
Index of Modern Authors 311
Index of Ancient Authors 319
Index of Scripture and Ancient Texts 321
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