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Introduction / Halvor Moxnes
What is family? : problems in constructing early Christian families / Halvor Moxnes
The family in first-century Galilee / Santiago Guijarro
The family as the bearer of religion in Judaism and early Christianity / John M.G. Barclay
The relativisation of family ties in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman traditions / Stephen C. Barton
The Roman family : ideal and metaphor / Eva Marie Lassen
Family imagery and Christian identity in Gal 5:13 to 6:10 / Philip F. Esler
Equality within patriarchal structures : some New Testament perspectives on the Christian fellowship as a brother- or sisterhood and a family / Karl Olav Sandnes
Brotherhood in Plutarch and Paul : its role and character / Reidar Aasgaard
Brotherhood in Christ : a gender hermeneutical reading of 1 Thessalonians / Lone Fatum
Paul without passion : on Paul's rejection of desire in sex and marriage / Dale B. Martin
Asceticism and anti-familial language in the Gospel of Thomas / Risto Uro
Family structures in Gnostic religion / Ingvild Sælid Gilhus.
The family is a topical issue for studies of the Ancient world. Family, household and kinship have different connotations in antiquity from their modern ones. This volume expands that discussion to investigate the early Christian family structures within the larger Graeco-Roman context. Particular emphasis is given to how family metaphors, such as 'brotherhood' function to describe relations in early Christian communities. Asceticism and the rejection of sexuality are considered in the context of Christian constructions of the family. Moxnes' volume presents a comprehensive and timely addition to the study of familial and social structures in the Early Christian world, which will certainly stimulate further debate. (source: Nielsen Book Data)