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Order and (dis)order in the first Christian century : a general survey of attitudes

Author: Francis Gerald Downing
Publisher: Lieden ; Boston : Brill, 2013.
Series: Supplements to Novum Testamentum, v. 151.
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Articulate first century Mediterranean society, Jewish and Christian included, expressly favoured harmonious order in society, in individuals, in communication, and in thought. Its common basis was the patriarchal family, the rule of law, rational self-control, and rational thought. Yet there was also resistance to oppressive and unjust order in all spheres; and while law could be held educative, yet there were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: (GyWOH)har135018348
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francis Gerald Downing
ISBN: 9789004251755 9004251758
OCLC Number: 853664366
Description: xiii, 395 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: "Let everything be done decently and in order ([euschēmonōs kai kata taxin])" (1Cor 14.40) : unity, order and problems of diversity : A. Greeks, Romans, Jews --
"Let everything be done decently and in order ([euschēmonōs kai kata taxin])" (1 Cor 14.40) : unity, order and problems of diversity : B. The New Testament authors --
Order within : passions, divine and human : A. In the wider Graeco-Roman world --
Order within : passions, divine and human : B. Among late Second Temple Jews and the first Christians --
Order in composition: "[kathexēs soi grapsai]" (Luke 1.3) --
Order in thought : ambiguity, ancient semantics, and faith --
"All things to all people", "[tois pasin panta]" (1Cor 9.22) : (dis)order in thought : free-range reflections to engage Dio of Prusa's and Paul's implied audiences --
Legislation as social engineering in the New Testament world --
"What, then, of the law?", "[ti oun ho nomos;]" Gal. 3.19 : appraisals of law in Paul and other New Testament writers, and in the wider Graeco-Roman world --
Justification as acquittal? A critical examination of judicial parlance in Paul's world --
Disorderly court procedure : Pliny's prosecutions of Christians --
The Baptist's new order --
Dissident Jesus --
Disorderly Paul.
Series Title: Supplements to Novum Testamentum, v. 151.
Responsibility: by F. Gerald Downing.

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Law and order found widespread support in the world of the first Christians - and, perhaps surprisingly, also trenchant critiques. Justice was not by any means always seen to be done. Acceptance and  Read more...

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