Early Christian Ethics in Interaction with Jewish and Greco-Roman Contexts


Early Christian Ethics in Interaction with Jewish and Greco-Roman Contexts focuses upon the nexus of early Christian Ethics and its contexts as a dynamic process. The ongoing interaction with Jewish, Greco-Roman or early Christian traditions as well as with the social-historical context at large continuously transformed early Christian ethics. The volume proposes a dynamic model for studying culture and its various expressions in a society composed of several ethnic and religious groups. The contributions focus on specific transformations of ethics in key documents of early Christianity, or take a more comparative perspective pointing to similar developments and overlaps as well as particularities within early Christian writings, Hellenistic-Jewish writings, Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish inscriptions.
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Biographical Note

Jan Willem van Henten, Ph.D. Leiden (1986), is Professor of New Testament and Director of the Graduate School for Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. He has published widely on Hellenistic Judaism and the contexts of New Testament writings, including Coping with Violence in the New Testament (Leiden: Brill, 2012, edited with P. DeVilliers). Joseph Verheyden. Ph.D. Leuven (1987), is Professor of New Testament Studies, at the Catholic University of Leuven. He has published widely in the field of New Testament and Early Christian studies. Recent publications include Ancient Christian Interpretations of "Violent Texts" in the Apocalypse (Göttingen, 2011, edited with T. Nicklas and A. Merkt) and Patristic and Text-critical Studies. The Collected Essays of William L. Petersen (Leiden: Brill, 2012, edited with J. Krans).

Table of contents

List of Contributors Preface Jan Willem van Henten and Joseph Verheyden Introduction Jan Willem van Henten and Joseph Verheyden Chapter One: Early Christianity in Its Hellenistic Context: A Critical Survey of 20th Century Research Reinhard Feldmeier Chapter Two: Early Christianity in Its Jewish Context: A Brief Look at 20th Century Research Gerbern S. Oegema Chapter Three: Finding a Basis for Interpreting New Testament Ethos from a Greco-Roman Philosophical Perspective Anders Klostergaard Petersen Chapter Four: Some Issues behind the Ethics in the Qumran Scrolls and Their Implications for New Testament Ethics George J. Brooke Chapter Five: The Relevance of Jewish Inscriptions for New Testament Ethics Andrew Chester Chapter Six: The Importance of Hellenistic Judaism for the Study of Paul’s Ethics Thomas H. Tobin Chapter Seven: “Ethical” Traditions, Family Ethos, and Love in Johannine Literature Jörg Frey Chapter Eight: Good as a Moral Category in the Early Jesus Tradition Hermut Löhr Chapter Nine: Ethics and Anthropology in the Letter of James: An Outline Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr Chapter Ten: Essentials of Ethics in Matthew and the Didache: A Comparison at a Conceptual and Practical Level Huub van de Sandt Bibliography Index of Passages Subject Index


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