The Moral World Of The First Christians / Edition 1

The Moral World Of The First Christians / Edition 1

by Wayne A. Meeks
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0664250149

ISBN-13: 9780664250140

Pub. Date: 03/19/1988

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

'As interesting to read as they are informative, the volumes in this important series deal in new ways with topics and materials that illuminate the life and literature of early Christianity....Taken as a whole, the series offers various new avenues of approach to an understanding of the social, intellectual, and literary environment of the early Christian movement.'

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'As interesting to read as they are informative, the volumes in this important series deal in new ways with topics and materials that illuminate the life and literature of early Christianity....Taken as a whole, the series offers various new avenues of approach to an understanding of the social, intellectual, and literary environment of the early Christian movement.' -- Victor Paul Furnish, University Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Southern Methodist University.

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ISBN-13:
9780664250140
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
03/19/1988
Series:
Library of Early Christianity
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
0.42(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface9
Introduction11
1The Social Setting19
The Polis as Context of Greek Ethics20
The Polis in a World Empire23
Mixed Loyalties: Reactions to Rome29
The Stratified Society32
Outside the City38
2The Great Traditions: Greece and Rome40
Philosophy in the Roman Empire41
Some Common Themes60
Transmitting Moral Traditions61
3The Great Traditions: Israel65
The Situation66
Some Representative Voices68
Recurring Themes91
4The Christian Communities97
A Messianic Sect in Israel98
A Household Association in the Polis108
5The Grammar of Early Christian Morals124
A Letter of Moral Admonition: 1 Thessalonians125
Praise, Blame, and Exhortation: 1 Corinthians130
Messianic Biography as Community-forming Literature: The Gospel of Matthew136
On the Side of the Angels: The Apocalypse143
A Handbook (Revised): The Didache147
Our Role in God's Drama: Irenaeus154
Afterword161
Notes163
Suggestions for Further Reading173
Index of Selected Subjects175
Index of New Testament Passages181

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