No Longer Male and Female: Interpreting Galatians 3:28 in Early Christianity

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März 2008



Focuses on the historical-critical exploration of the post-New Testament career of the verse Galatians 3:28. This book reveals that early Christians did not always approach this verse with the same concerns as modern readers. It also reveals that writers treated Gal 3:28 as a statement about the identification of Christians with Christ.


1. Introduction: A brief survey of recent scholarship on Gal 3:28 and discussion of the methodology of this book.; 2. "No Longer Male and Female" According to Paul: An examination of Gal 3:27-28, 1 Cor 11:2-16, 12:12-13, and 14:34-35, Philemon, and Rom 16, in an attempt to determine how Paul understood "no longer male and female."; 3. "No Longer Male and Female": The Discussion Post-Paul Through the Second Century: An examination of post-Pauline New Testament literature, including Col 3:9-11 and 1 Tim 2:11-15, as well as other non-canonical Christian and secular literature of the late first, second, and early third century.; 4. Gal 3:28 in Patristic Literature of the Third Century: A study of commentary on Gal 3:28 in the writings of Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and Tertullian.; 5. Gal 3:28 and the Image of God in Cappadocian Thought of the Fourth Century: The three Cappadocian Fathers, Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa, all understand Gal 3:28 to be a commentary on Gen 1:27. Each, however, had his own distinctive interpretation.; 6. Gal 3:28 and the Empire in the Fourth Century: Many fourth-century Christian writers saw Gal 3:28 as a comment on the triumph of Christianity in the Roman empire. This chapter focuses on Ambrose, and also examines the work of Eusebius, Epiphanius, and. 7. Conclusion: There is very little evidence to support the argument that early Christians saw Gal 3:28 as an expression of an egalitarian self-understanding. Rather, the common thread in early Christian exegesis of Gal 3:28 seems to be an emphasis on Christian perfection.


Dr. Pauline Hogan recently completed a doctoral program in Religious Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where she is now a teaching assistant.


"Hogan's work provides an extensive list of citations of Gal. 3.28 which will be useful to scholars researching the roles of women in the early church." Journal for the Study of the New Testament Booklist 2009--, "Journal for the Study of the New Testament "
EAN: 9780567033352
ISBN: 056703335X
Untertitel: 'Library of New Testament Studi'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: T & T CLARK UK
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2008
Seitenanzahl: 240 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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