Women And Marriage In Paul And His Early Interpreters / Edition 1

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Beattie undertakes a comparative survey of the treatment of women and marriage in three different kinds of text: an authentic Pauline letter (namely 1 Corinthians); the deutero-Pauline literature (Colossians, Ephesians and the Pastoral Epistles); and some tractates from the Nag Hammadi library (giving particular attention to the Gospel of Philip, the Exegesis on the Soul, the Hypostasis of the Archons and the Gospel of Thomas). The theoretical position she takes is based upon the neo-pragmatist thought of Richard Rorty and Stanley Fish, the former's notions of 'contingency' and 'redescription' being of particular importance.

The aim of this book is twofold: to draw attention to the contingency (that is to say, the situatedness and vested interests) attendant on all acts of interpretation; and to engage in a redescription of the category of 'gnosticism' to which the Nag Hammadi texts have traditionally been assigned, and thus also of the canonical texts as seen in relation to them. It is not the intention to suggest in a simplistic fashion that the Nag Hammadi texts should somehow displace the canonical documents as the 'correct' reading of Paul, but rather to show that texts can be read in ways as diverse and numerous as the goals of their interpreters.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567030504
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/24/2005
  • Series: Library of New Testament Studies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Gillian Beattie is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews and Princeton Theological Seminary. She received her PhD from the University of Manchester in 2003.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : women and marriage in Paul and his early interpreters 1
Theoretical perspective : 'the pragmatist's progress' 4
Redescribing 'Gnosticism' 7
The selection of Nag Hammadi texts 10
Pt. I Paul 13
Ch. 1 Marriage in 1 Corinthians 15
Ch. 2 Women in 1 Corinthians 37
Pt. II Deutero-Pauline letters 63
Ch. 3 Marriage in the Deutero-Pauline literature : Colossians and Ephesians 65
Ch. 4 Women in the Deutero-Pauline literature : the Pastoral Epistles 83
Pt. III Nag Hammadi 107
Ch. 5 Marriage in the Nag Hammadi texts 109
Ch. 6 Women and feminine imagery in the Nag Hammadi texts 137
Conclusion : redescribing Paul 160
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