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Adults as children : images of childhood in the ancient world and the New Testament

Author: James M M Francis
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, ©2006.
Series: Religions and discourse, v. 17.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is a study of the image of the child in the teaching of Jesus and the literature of the New Testament set against the background of the ancient world, the Old Testament and Judaism. It also reflects on the complex relationship between attitudes to children and the imaging of the child. It is suggested that child imagery serves, generally speaking, as a window on tradition, and in religious discourse in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James M M Francis
ISBN: 3039100203 9783039100200 0820462896 9780820462899
OCLC Number: 123539704
Description: 346 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The image of the child in the Graeco-Roman World --
The image of the child in Judaism --
The image of the child in the New Testament --
Childhood as discipleship in the gospels --
Child imagery in Paul --
Child imagery in the Letter to the Hebrews --
Child imagery in 1 Peter --
The Childhood of Jesus and Jesus as Child.
Series Title: Religions and discourse, v. 17.
Responsibility: James M.M. Francis.

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This book is a study of the image of the child in the teaching of Jesus and the literature of the New Testament set against the background of the ancient world, the Old Testament and Judaism. It also reflects on the complex relationship between attitudes to children and the imaging of the child. It is suggested that child imagery serves, generally speaking, as a window on tradition, and in religious discourse in particular it offers perspectives on the relationship between believing and belonging. In exploring how child imagery informs the teaching of Jesus, it is argued that his own use of such imagery, whilst not unique, being influenced primarily by the wider imagery of Israel as God's son (child) and servant, is nevertheless distinctive. As a metaphor symbolising primarily a call to change and renewal, it conveys in microcosm the central themes of his message of the kingdom of God. The study goes on to explore the meanings of child imagery in the theologies of the Gospel writers and in other New Testament literary contexts.

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