Men and Women in the Household of God Hardback

A Contextual Approach to Roles and Ministries in the Pastoral Epistles

by Korinna Zamfir;

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Men and Women in the Household of God

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Korinna Zamfir explores the manner in which the Pastoral Epistles redefine roles and ministries within a changed ecclesiological framework (the ekklesia as oikos Theou). The contextual investigation focuses on the cultural and social background of the station codes and church orders. Applying the environmental approach advanced by Abraham Malherbe, Zamfir discusses the Pastoral Epistles as writings intimately linked to their Greco-Roman social and cultural environment. The volume addresses the mentalities reflected in moral philosophies, political theories, drama and epigraphy, focusing on the discourse articulated in these sources. Exploring the adoption of conservative mentalities, the monograph advances a reading of the Pastoral Epistles based on ideology critique. It also incorporates insights gained from research on the social world of earliest Christianity, in particular on private associations. Korinna Zamfir argues that the ecclesiology of the Pastoral Epistles presupposes the metaphorical use of oikos Theou and shows that in Greco-Roman antiquity oikos denotes larger social entities like the religious association, the polisand the cosmos. The ekklesia is the oikos and polis of God. As a consequence the Pastoral Epistles define roles and ministries based on the public-private divide and on honor and shame mentality. The theo-logical and cosmic dimension of the household of God explains the essentialist understanding of social and ecclesial roles. The author also tackles the contrast between discourse and ecclesial reality.

Men and Women in the Household of God by Korinna Zamfir was published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co KG in April 2013. The ISBN for Men and Women in the Household of God is 9783525593608.

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Details for Men and Women in the Household of God

Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherVandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co KG (April 2013)
Number of Pages473
Thickness38 mm
Height236 mm
Width163 mm
Product Code4304961
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