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Honor, patronage, kinship & purity : unlocking New Testament culture

Contemporary Western readers may find it surprising that honor and shame, patronage and reciprocity, kinship and family, and purity and pollution offer us keys to interpreting the New Testament. But as recent scholarship has proposed and as David deSilva demonstrates, paying attention to these cultural themes opens our eyes and ears to new discoveries and deeper understanding. Through our understanding of honor and shame in the Mediterranean world, we gain 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 more firmly grasp the meaning of God's grace--and our response has fresh meaning. In exploring the ethos of kinship and household relations, we enlarge our perspective on the early Christian communities that met in houses and functioned as a new family or "household" of God. And by investigating the notions of purity and pollution along with their associated practices, we come to realize how the ancient "map" of society and the world was revised by the power of the gospel
Print Book, English, ©2000
InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Ill., ©2000
336 pages ; 24 cm
9780830815722, 0830815724
Introduction : Cultural awareness & reading scripture
Honor & shame : connecting personhood to group values
Honor & shame in the New Testament
Patronage & reciprocity : the social context of grace
Patronage & grace in the New Testament
Kinship : living as a family in the First-century world
Kinship & the "household of God" in the New Testament
Purity & pollution : structuring the world before a Holy God
Purity & the New Testament