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Honor, Patronage, Kinship Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture

David A. deSilva
Honor, Patronage, Kinship Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture

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Contemporary Western readers of the New Testament may find it surprising that honor and shame, patronage and reciprocity, kinship and family, and purity and pollution offer us keys to understanding the methods and message of the New Testament. But as recent scholarship has d... Read More

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Contemporary Western readers of the New Testament may find it surprising that honor and shame, patronage and reciprocity, kinship and family, and purity and pollution offer us keys to understanding the methods and message of the New Testament. But as recent scholarship has discovered and David deSilva demonstrates, paying attention to these cultural themes opens our eyes and ears to new facets and overtones within the New Testament documents.

Through our understanding of honor and shame in the Mediterranean world, we find a new appreciation of the way in which the personhood of early Christians connected with group values. By examining the protocols of patronage and reciprocity, we grasp the meaning of God's grace and our response gains sharper focus. In exploring the ethos of kinship and household relations, we arrive at a fuller appreciation of the early Christian communities that met in households and functioned as a new family and "household of God". And by investigating the notions of purity and pollution and their associated practices, we come to understand how the ancient "map" of the world and society was remapped by the power of the gospel.

Honor, Patronage, Kinship and Purity is a book that will reward readers with a deeper appreciation of the New Testament and the gospel. More than that, it instructs us in how we can live more faithfully in Christian community today.

  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Book
  • Release Date: Nov 15, 2000
  • UPC: 9780830815722
  • Height: 0.95
  • Width: 6
  • Length: 9.06
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publish Date: Nov 12, 2000
  • Language: English
  • BISAC: "REL006040 , REL006201"
  • ISBN: 0830815724

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