Sister or Wife? Hardback

1 Corinthians 7 and Cultural Anthropology

by J.Dorcas Gordon;

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Sister or Wife?

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This work investigates the social dynamics within the Corinthian community and the function of Paul's argumentation in the light of those dynamics. The models of Victor Turner and Mary Douglas, cultural anthropologists, guide the inquiry. Gordon concludes that the conflict in 1 Corinthians 7 arose as the result of two antithetical views of the root metaphor, 'In Christ all are children of God, no male and female'. One group supported a kinship system based on patrilineal marriage and hierarchical community structures. A second group demanded that an egalitarian sibling relationship should order the community. Paul attempts to persuade both factions that their commitment to each other and to him is primary. His arguments encourage each group to reconsider the absoluteness of its stance and to learn to live with ambiguity.

Sister or Wife? by J.Dorcas Gordon was published by Continuum in November 1997. The ISBN for Sister or Wife? is 9781850756859.

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Page last updated 6th September 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherContinuum (November 1997)
Number of Pages256
Thickness15 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code1181737
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