Constructing Early Christian Families: Family as Social by Halvor Moxnes

By Halvor Moxnes

The kinfolk is a topical factor for experiences of the traditional global. kin, loved ones and kinship have various connotations in antiquity from their smooth ones. This quantity expands that dialogue to enquire the early Christian kin constructions in the greater Graeco-Roman context.Particular emphasis is given to how relatives metaphors, equivalent to 'brotherhood' functionality to explain relatives in early Christian groups. Asceticism and the rejection of sexuality are thought of within the context of Christian buildings of the relatives. Moxnes' quantity offers a finished and well timed addition to the learn of familial and social buildings within the Early Christian international, as a way to definitely stimulate extra debate.

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Kinship and the honour of Jesus Kinship continued to play an important part on the cultural and social level, in terms of collective identity. The larger kinship group as a collective group with a common history formed the link between the individual as a member of a household and the larger community and the people. ’ Moreover, the 27 HALVOR MOXNES reference to honour in this statement places Jesus squarely within a Mediterranean context of honour and shame. The conflicts between Jesus and his opponents must be read in light of this honour culture, for they are often examples of challenge and riposte with the outcome as honour or shame (Malina 1993:34–37).

Another dominant motif in these parables is the question of inheritance. The right of the son to inherit not only the property of his father, but also his role and authority upon his death, emphasises the special character of this relationship. These aspects of the father-son relationship play a decisive role in the description of the relationship between God and Jesus in John’s Gospel. The place of the father-son relationship within the total family structure may be interpreted in light of a study by Fredrik Barth (1981:83– 92) of the father-son relationship in Middle Eastern societies.

MODERN STUDY OF FAMILY Few if any areas of study have been so politically, ideologically and emotionally sensitive as the study of family. In social theory the development of family was closely associated with the development of modernisation. The idea of the ‘nuclear’ family as the modern form of family, in contrast to the premodern large, extended family, was for a long time the predominant paradigm. This concept also played a large part in political ideology and public consciousness. The stable, nuclear family was associated with an idea about a stable society.

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