Introduction / Halvor Moxnes -- What is family? : problems in constructing early Christian families / Halvor Moxnes -- The family in first-century Galilee / Santiago Guijarro -- The family as the bearer of religion in Judaism and early Christianity / John M.G. Barclay -- The relativisation of family ties in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman traditions / Stephen C. Barton -- The Roman family : ideal and metaphor / Eva Marie Lassen -- Family imagery and Christian identity in Gal 5:13 to 6:10 / Philip F. Esler -- Equality within patriarchal structures : some New Testament perspectives on the Christian fellowship as a brother- or sisterhood and a family / Karl Olav Sandnes -- Brotherhood in Plutarch and Paul : its role and character / Reidar Aasgaard -- Brotherhood in Christ : a gender hermeneutical reading of 1 Thessalonians / Lone Fatum -- Paul without passion : on Paul's rejection of desire in sex and marriage / Dale B. Martin -- Asceticism and anti-familial language in the Gospel of Thomas / Risto Uro -- Family structures in Gnostic religion / Ingvild Sælid Gilhus.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Constructing Early Christian Families explores the complex picture of family relations and the manifold attitudes to the family in the early Christian world.
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