The Moral World Of The First Christians / Edition 1

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664250140
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/1988
  • Series: Library of Early Christianity
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 0.42 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Wayne A. Meeks is Woolsey Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies in theDepartment of Religious Studies at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a well-known New Testament scholar and the author of a number of books, including The Moral World of the First Christians.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 11
1 The Social Setting 19
The Polis as Context of Greek Ethics 20
The Polis in a World Empire 23
Mixed Loyalties: Reactions to Rome 29
The Stratified Society 32
Outside the City 38
2 The Great Traditions: Greece and Rome 40
Philosophy in the Roman Empire 41
Some Common Themes 60
Transmitting Moral Traditions 61
3 The Great Traditions: Israel 65
The Situation 66
Some Representative Voices 68
Recurring Themes 91
4 The Christian Communities 97
A Messianic Sect in Israel 98
A Household Association in the Polis 108
5 The Grammar of Early Christian Morals 124
A Letter of Moral Admonition: 1 Thessalonians 125
Praise, Blame, and Exhortation: 1 Corinthians 130
Messianic Biography as Community-forming Literature: The Gospel of Matthew 136
On the Side of the Angels: The Apocalypse 143
A Handbook (Revised): The Didache 147
Our Role in God's Drama: Irenaeus 154
Afterword 161
Notes 163
Suggestions for Further Reading 173
Index of Selected Subjects 175
Index of New Testament Passages 181
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