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By Halvor Moxnes

The family members is a topical factor for reviews of the traditional international. kin, family and kinship have diverse connotations in antiquity from their glossy ones. This quantity expands that dialogue to enquire the early Christian relations buildings in the higher Graeco-Roman context.Particular emphasis is given to how family members metaphors, akin to 'brotherhood' functionality to explain family members in early Christian groups. Asceticism and the rejection of sexuality are thought of within the context of Christian structures of the kin. Moxnes' quantity offers a entire and well timed addition to the examine of familial and social buildings within the Early Christian international, for you to definitely stimulate additional debate.

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Why was Abraham so important to Jewish identity? In order to understand that, we must realise that it was an identity based on kinship categories. In an ideological construction the nation was divided into twelve tribes descended from the sons of Jacob, and ultimately from Abraham who was the ancestor of all Jews. Thus, kinship and nation were the same and the claim to descend from Abraham was a focal point for Jewish identity. This is Paul’s point of reference when he starts Romans 4 by characterising Abraham as ‘our forefather according to the flesh’ (Rom 4:1).

However, it is clearly recognised that it is not only male-biased modern scholarship that is the problem, but that the texts themselves are written by men and from a male—that is, from a patriarchal—perspective. This of course colours descriptions of family and household: they are always ideological. The result is that we must ask not only what the texts say about male authority, but also what the actual balance of power between males and females has been. And is it at all possible to gain access to the perspectives of women, children and slaves?

G. ’ Of particular interest is the situation and status of slaves compared to that of other members of the household, especially sons: what was their relation to the head of the house? ) Some scholars find but little distinction between the two in regard to the authority of the father in the Roman household (Veyne 1987:9–31, 51–69). Saller (1991) have argued, and I think convincingly, that this authority took very different forms: the master-slave relationship was basically exploitative whereas the father-son relationship, although asymmetrical, was reciprocal.

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