Ancient Church As Family Early Christian Communities and Surrogate Kinship

ISBN-10: 0800632486
ISBN-13: 9780800632489
Edition: 2001
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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 9/6/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Joseph H. Hellerman is Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Talbot School of Theology and Co-Pastor at Oceanside Christian Fellowship in El Segundo, California.

List of Figures
Preface
Christianity in Its Social Environment
Introduction
Explaining the Expansion of Early Christianity
Ideological Explanations
Sociological Explanations
The Ancient Church as Family: A Road Map for the Following Chapters
Mediterranean Family Systems: Structure and Relationships
Introduction
Kinship Then and Now: How Family Is Defined
The Patrilineal Descent Group: Relational Strategies and Values
Marriage in Ancient Mediterranean Society
Women in the PKG Family System
Patrilocal Residence and the Family as a Producing Unit
Mothers and Sons
Sibling Solidarity: The Central Relational Priority
Ancestors and Inheritance
Conclusion
Origins of the Surrogate Kin Group Idea
Origins of the Early Christian Surrogate Family Model
The People of God in the Hebrew Scriptures
The People of God as Understood among Second Temple Judeans
The People of God according to Jesus of Nazareth
The Distinctive Nature of Jesus' Perspective
The Dominance of the Kinship Metaphor
The Practice of PKG Solidarity
A Radical Change of Loyalties
The Community at Khirbet Qumran: A Comparison
The Dominance of the Kinship Metaphor
The Practice of PKG Solidarity
A Radical Change of Loyalties
God as Father of the Community
Orientation toward Outsiders
The Communities of Paul of Tarsus
Language and the Social Order
Corinthians
Discord in the Corinthian Community
Paul's Rhetorical Strategy
Family Terminology in 1 Corinthians
Generalized Reciprocity
Familial Loyalty
Corinthians
Family Language in 2 Corinthians
Paul's Collection for the Jerusalem Community
Romans
Philemon
Galatians, 1 Thessalonians, and Philippians
Conclusion
Second-Century Christian Writers
Clement of Rome
Family Language in 1 Clement
Family Activity in 1 Clement
Innovation in Clement's Use of the Family Metaphor
Ignatius of Antioch
Ignatius's Use of Family Language
Family Activity in the Ignatian Epistles
Innovation in the Ignatian Corpus
Justin Martyr
Kinship Terminology in Justin's Writings
Justin and Family Behavior
Innovation in Justin's Use of Father and Sibling Language
Clement of Alexandria
Irenaeus
Conclusion
North African Christianity
Passion of Perpetua
Tertullian
Tertullian on Family Loyalty
Harmony among Siblings
Tertullian and Generalized Reciprocity
Cyprian
Examination of Specific Epistles
Survey of Cyprian's Other Works
Conclusion
Summary and Evaluation
The Mediterranean Family Model
The Highly Corporate Nature of the Ancient Family
The Priority of the Sibling Bond
The Church as a Family
Family as Rhetoric
Family as Praxis
Conclusion
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Ancient Sources

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