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Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity

David A Desilva
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Contemporary Western readers may find it surprising that honor and shame, patronage and reciprocity, kinship and family, and purity and pollution offer us keys to interpreting the New Testament. But as recent scholarship has proposed and as David deSilva demonstrates, paying attention to these cultural themes opens our eyes and ears to new discoveries and deeper understanding.Through our understanding of honor and shame in the Mediterranean world, we gain new appreciation of the way in which the personhood of early Christians connected with group values. By examining the protocols of patronage and reciprocity, we more firmly grasp the meaning of God's grace--and our response has fresh meaning. In exploring the ethos of kinship and household relations, we enlarge our perspective on the early Christian communities that met in houses and functioned as a new family or "household" of God. And by investigating the notions of purity and pollution along with their associated practices, we come to realize how the ancient "map" of society and the world was revised by the power of the gospel.DeSilva's work will reward you with a deeper appreciation of the New Testament, the gospel and Christian discipleship. More than that, it will also inform your participation in contemporary Christian community.

- Publisher Contemporary Western readers may find it surprising that honor and shame, patronage and reciprocity, kinship and family, and purity and pollution offer us keys to interpreting the New Testament. But as recent scholarship has proposed and as David deSilva demonstrates, paying attention to these cultural themes opens our eyes and ears to new discoveries and deeper understanding.Through our understanding of honor and shame in the Mediterranean world, we gain new appreciation of the way in which the personhood of early Christians connected with group values. By examining the protocols of patronage and reciprocity, we more firmly grasp the meaning of God's grace--and our response has fresh meaning. In exploring the ethos of kinship and household relations, we enlarge our perspective on the early Christian communities that met in houses and functioned as a new family or "household" of God. And by investigating the notions of purity and pollution along with their associated practices, we come to realize how the ancient "map" of society and the world was revised by the power of the gospel.DeSilva's work will reward you with a deeper appreciation of the New Testament, the gospel and Christian discipleship. More than that, it will also inform your participation in contemporary Christian community.^Through our understanding of honor and shame in the Mediterranean world, we find a new appreciation of the way in which the personhood of early Christians connected with group values. By examining the protocols of patronage and reciprocity, we grasp the meaning of God's grace and our response gains sharper focus. In exploring the ethos of kinship and household relations, we arrive at a fuller appreciation of the early Christian communities that met in households and functioned as a new family and "household of God". And by investigating the notions of purity and pollution and their associated practices, we come to understand how the ancient "map" of the world and society was remapped by the power of the gospel.^Honor, Patronage, Kinship and Purity is a book that will reward readers with a deeper appreciation of the New Testament and the gospel. More than that, it instructs us in how we can live more faithfully in Christian community today.

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Contemporary Western readers may find it surprising that honor and shame, patronage and reciprocity, kinship and family, and purity and pollution offer us keys to interpreting the New Testament. But as recent scholarship has proposed and as David deSilva demonstrates, paying attention to these cultural themes opens our eyes and ears to new discoveries and deeper understanding.Through our understanding of honor and shame in the Mediterranean world, we gain new appreciation of the way in which the personhood of early Christians connected with group values. By examining the protocols of patronage and reciprocity, we more firmly grasp the meaning of God's grace--and our response has fresh meaning. In exploring the ethos of kinship and household relations, we enlarge our perspective on the early Christian communities that met in houses and functioned as a new family or "household" of God. And by investigating the notions of purity and pollution along with their associated practices, we come to realize how the ancient "map" of society and the world was revised by the power of the gospel.DeSilva's work will reward you with a deeper appreciation of the New Testament, the gospel and Christian discipleship. More than that, it will also inform your participation in contemporary Christian community.
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Contemporary Western readers may find it surprising that honor and shame, patronage and reciprocity, kinship and family, and purity and pollution offer us keys to interpreting the New Testament. But as recent scholarship has proposed and as David deSilva demonstrates, paying attention to these cultural themes opens our eyes and ears to new discoveries and deeper understanding.Through our understanding of honor and shame in the Mediterranean world, we gain new appreciation of the way in which the personhood of early Christians connected with group values. By examining the protocols of patronage and reciprocity, we more firmly grasp the meaning of God's grace--and our response has fresh meaning. In exploring the ethos of kinship and household relations, we enlarge our perspective on the early Christian communities that met in houses and functioned as a new family or "household" of God. And by investigating the notions of purity and pollution along with their associated practices, we come to realize how the ancient "map" of society and the world was revised by the power of the gospel.DeSilva's work will reward you with a deeper appreciation of the New Testament, the gospel and Christian discipleship. More than that, it will also inform your participation in contemporary Christian community.^Through our understanding of honor and shame in the Mediterranean world, we find a new appreciation of the way in which the personhood of early Christians connected with group values. By examining the protocols of patronage and reciprocity, we grasp the meaning of God's grace and our response gains sharper focus. In exploring the ethos of kinship and household relations, we arrive at a fuller appreciation of the early Christian communities that met in households and functioned as a new family and "household of God". And by investigating the notions of purity and pollution and their associated practices, we come to understand how the ancient "map" of the world and society was remapped by the power of the gospel.^Honor, Patronage, Kinship and Purity is a book that will reward readers with a deeper appreciation of the New Testament and the gospel. More than that, it instructs us in how we can live more faithfully in Christian community today.
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Meet the Author

David A Desilva

David A. deSilva (PhD., Emory University) is Distinguished' Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. He is the author of numerous books including 4 Maccabees (Septuagint Commentary Series); the forthcoming 1 Peter (Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Series), II Corinthians (New Covenant Commentary), Galatians (New International Commentary on the New Testament), Jude (Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament), Revelation (Socio-Rhetorical Commentaries), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation; Introducing the Apocrypha: Context, Message and Significance; New Testament Themes; Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews; Honour, Patronage, Kinship and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture, and The Hope of Glory: Honour Discourse and New Testament Interpretation. He holds ordination in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.
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Table Of Contents

  • Contemporary Western Readers May Find It Surprising That Honor And Shame, Patronage And Reciprocity, Kinship And Family, And Purity And Pollution Offer Us Keys To Interpreting The New Testament. But As Recent Scholarship Has Proposed And As David Desilva Demonstrates, Paying Attention To These Cultural Themes Opens Our Eyes And Ears To New Discoveries And Deeper Understanding.through Our Understanding Of Honor And Shame In The Mediterranean World, We Gain New Appreciation Of The Way In Which The Personhood Of Early Christians Connected With Group Values. By Examining The Protocols Of Patronage And Reciprocity, We More Firmly Grasp The Meaning Of God's Grace--and Our Response Has Fresh Meaning. In Exploring The Ethos Of Kinship And Household Relations, We Enlarge Our Perspective On The Early Christian Communities That Met In Houses And Functioned As A New Family Or "household" Of God. And By Investigating The Notions Of Purity And Pollution Along With Their Associated Practices, We Come To Realize How The Ancient "map" Of Society And The World Was Revised By The Power Of The Gospel.desilva's Work Will Reward You With A Deeper Appreciation Of The New Testament, The Gospel And Christian Discipleship. More Than That, It Will Also Inform Your Participation In Contemporary Christian Community.
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Cultural Awareness & Reading Scripture
  • 1. Honor & Shame: Connection Personhood To Group Values
  • 2. Honor & Shame In The New Testament
  • 3. Patronage & Reciprocity: The Social Context Of Grace
  • 4. Patronage & Grace In The New Testament
  • 5. Kinship: Living As A Family In The First-century World
  • 6. Kinship & The "household Of God" In The New Testament
  • 7. Purity & Pollution: Structuring The World Before A Holy God
  • 8. Purity & The New Testament
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index Of Ancient & Modern Authors
  • Index Of Subjects
  • Index Of Scripture Texts
  • Index Of Other Ancient Literature

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  • Catalogue Code 450201
  • Product Code 9780830866120
  • ISBN 0830866124
  • EAN 9780830866120
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category New Testament
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Dec 2012
  • Sales Rank #60310
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