Modelling Early Christianity
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Modelling Early Christianity explores the intriguing foreign social context of first century Palestine and the Greco-Roman East, in which the Christian faith was first proclaimed and the New Testament documents were written. It demonstrates that a sophisticated analysis of the context is essential in order to understand the original meaning of the texts.^The contributors examine social themes such as early Christian group formation, the centrality of kinship and honour and the economic setting. They offer a wealth of novel and socially realistic interpretations which make sense of the texts. At the same time, Modelling Early Christianity contains significant new ideas on the relationship between social-scientific and literary-critical analysis, the theoretical justification for model-use and the way these new approaches can fertilise contemporary Christian theology.
- Contributors Preface Abbrievations Introduction: Context And Kerygma In New Testament Interpretation Philip F. Esler Part I The World Of First Century Palestine Part Ii Early Christian Group Formation And Maintenance Part Iii Family And Honour In Matthew And Luke Part Iv Paul, Kinship And Ideology Part V Oppression, War And Peace References Index Of Ancient Sources Index Of Modern Authors