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Paul in the Greco-Roman World: A Handbook Hardcover – 1 Apr 2004

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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group - Trinity (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563382660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563382666
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,197,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this study of Paul, each chapter explores a particular social convention, literary or rhetorical topos, social practice, or cultural mor of the world in which Paul and his audiences were at home. In addition, the sections use carefully chosen examples to demonstrate how particular features of Greco-Roman culture shed light on Paul's letters and on his readers' possible perception of them. Chapter topics include: honor/shame; patron/client; pater familias; self-mastery; hardships; athletics/battle; friendship/enmity; commendation; adoption; virtues/vices; exemplification; comparison; boasting; frank speech; adiaphora; maxima; slavery; household/family; education; and marriage/divorce.

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A well-rounded compilation 10 Mar. 2004
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Format: Hardcover
Compiled and edited by J. Paul Samley (Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Christian Origins, Boston University), Paul In The Greco-Roman World: A Handbook is an impressively erudite, scholarly, 704-page anthology of in-depth studies by learned academicians examining the apostle Paul within the context of the Greco-Roman world in which he lived. Examining social conventions of Paul's world, as well as literary and rhetorical topics, insight on how Paul's cultural background affected his famous letters, relevant social practices and cultural mores, and so much more, Paul In The Greco-Roman World is a well-rounded compilation which is very highly recommended for Christian Religious History studies reading lists and reference collections.
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