Discipleship and Family Ties in Mark and Matthew

by Stephen C. Barton;


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Discipleship and Family Ties in Mark and Matthew

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During the first two centuries CE there was a common awareness that familial tensions were generated by conversions to the Christian faith. Yet studies of Christian origins have so far paid little attention to the impact of the Christian movement upon attitudes to family ties and natural kinship. Stephen C. Barton remedies this deficiency by means of a detailed study of the relevant passages in the gospels of Mark and Matthew. First, however, he examines the religious traditions of Judaism and the philosophical traditions of the Greco-Roman world, and shows that the tensions apparent within the Christian movement were by no means unique. In all three areas of thought and religious belief there is found the conviction that familial obligations may be transcended by some higher responsibility, to God, to Christ, or to the demands of philosophy. Mark and Matthew saw the Jesus-movement as offering a transcendent allegiance, which relativised family ties.

Discipleship and Family Ties in Mark and Matthew by Stephen C. Barton was published by Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) in October 2009. The ISBN for Discipleship and Family Ties in Mark and Matthew is 9780511554841.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatOnline resource
PublisherCambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) (October 2009)
ISBN9780511554841
ISBN-100511554842
Product Code4491660
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