The Ancient Church as Family

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Fortress Press, 2001 - 295 pàgines
The author explores the literature of the first three centuries of the church in terms of group identity and formation as surrogate kinship. Why did this become the organizing model in the earliest churches? How did historical developments intervene to shift the paradigm? How do ancient Mediterranean kinship structures correlate with church formation? Hellerman traces the fascinating story of these developments over three centuries and what brought them about. His focus is the New Testament documents (especially Paul's letters), second-century authors, and concluding with Cyprian in the third century. Kinship terminology in these writings, behaviors of group solidarity, and the symbolic power of kinship language in these groups are examined.

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Christianity in Its Social Environment
1
Explaining the Expansion of Early Christianity
2
Sociological Explanations
3
A Road Map for the Following Chapters
25
Mediterranean Family Systems Structure and Relationships
27
Relational Strategies and Values
31
Patrilocal Residence and the Family as a Producing Unit
32
Mothers and Sons
33
SecondCentury Christian Writers
127
Clement of Rome
129
Family Language in 1 Clement
130
Family Activity in 1 Clement
132
Innovation in Clements Use of the Family Metaphor
133
Ignatius of Antioch
139
Ignatiuss Use of Family Language
140
Family Activity in the Ignatian Epistles
141

The Central Relational Priority
35
Ancestors and Inheritance
51
Conclusion
58
Origins of the Surrogate Kin Group Idea
59
The People of God as Understood among Second Temple Judeans
63
The People of God according to Jesus of Nazareth
64
The Distinctive Nature of Jesus Perspective
69
The Dominance of the Kinship Metaphor
70
The Practice of PKG Solidarity
71
A Radical Change of Loyalties
72
A Comparison
73
The Dominance of the Kinship Metaphor
74
The Practice of PKG Solidarity
75
A Radical Change of Loyalties
76
God as Father of the Community
77
Orientation toward Outsiders
80
The Communities of Paul of Tarsus
92
Language and the Social Order
93
1 Corinthians
95
Pauls Rhetorical Strategy
96
Family Terminology in 1 Corinthians
99
Generalized Reciprocity
104
Familial Loyalty
106
2 Corinthians
109
Pauls Collection for the Jerusalem Community
110
Romans
114
Philemon
119
Galatians 1 Thessalonians and Philippians
120
Conclusion
126
Innovation in the Ignatian Corpus
142
Justin Martyr
145
Kinship Terminology in Justins Writings
146
Justin and Family Behavior
147
Innovation in Justins Use of Father and Sibling Language
151
Clement of Alexandria
152
Irenaeus
157
Conclusion
165
North African Christianity
168
Passion of Perpetua
169
Tertullian
173
Tertullian on Family Loyalty
175
Harmony among Siblings
177
Tertullian and Generalized Reciprocity
180
Cyprian
182
Examination of Specific Epistles
184
Survey of Cyprians Other Works
194
Conclusion
211
Summary and Evaluation
213
The Highly Corporate Nature of the Ancient Family
214
The Priority of the Sibling Bond
215
The Church as a Family
216
Family as Praxis
221
Conclusion
225
Abbreviations
226
Notes
231
Bibliography
271
Index of Ancient Sources
285
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