Early Christian Families in Context: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

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David L. Balch, Carolyn Osiek, Professor Carolyn Osiek
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2003 - History - 412 pages
Typical studies of marriage and family in the early Christian period focus on very limited evidence found in Scripture. This interdisciplinary book offers a broader, richer picture of the first Christian families by drawing together research by experts ranging from archaeologists to ancient historians.

By exploring the nature of households in the ancient Greco-Roman world, the contributors assemble a new understanding of ancient Christian families that is both compelling and instructive. Divided into six parts, the book covers key aspects of ancient family life, from meals and child-rearing to women's roles and the lives of slaves. Three concluding chapters explore the implications of all this information for theological education today.

Contributors: David L. Balch
Suzanne Dixon
J. Albert Harrill
Ross S. Kraemer
Christian Laes
Peter Lampe
Amy-Jill Levine
Margaret Y. MacDonald
Dale Martin
Eric M. Meyers
Margaret M. Mitchell
Carolyn Osiek
Beryl Rawson
Richard Saller
Timothy F. Sedgwick
Monika Trumper
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

 

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Contents

Families and Housefuls
3
The Case of Hellenistic Delos
19
The Case of RomanPeriod Galilee
44
A Constructivist Approach
73
1 in Light of Paintings and Sculptures of Suffering and Death in Pompeiian and Roman Houses
84
Sex and the Married Woman in Ancient Rome
111
The Cases of Babatha and Berenice
130
Was Celsus Right? The Role of Women in the Expansion of Early Christianity
157
Female Slaves Porneia and the Limits of Obedience
255
Death Burial and Commemoration of Children in Roman Italy
277
Desperately Different? Delicia Children in the Roman Household
298
Detente in the Culture Wars
327
Theological Education and the Analogical Imagination
337
Why Family Matters for Early Christian Literature
345
Bibliography
359
Acknowledgments
389

Women Slaves and the Economy of the Roman Household
185
Slave Families and Slaves in Families
207
A Moral Polarity of Household Slaves in Early Christian Apologies and Martyrdoms
231

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Page viii - ... that they are entitled to their strong opinions. The books in this series, The Family, Religion, and Culture, discuss these issues in ways that will place the American debate about the family on more solid ground. The series is the result of the Religion, Culture, and Family Project, which was funded by a generous grant from the Division of Religion of the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and took place in the Institute for Advanced Study in The University of Chicago Divinity School.

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