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Putting on the New Self: Costume and Character in Eph 4:22-24

Starling, David I. (2019) Putting on the New Self: Costume and Character in Eph 4:22-24. Novum Testamentum, 61 (3). pp. 289-307. ISSN 0048-1009

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Abstract

This article argues that the principal background against which the clothing metaphor in Eph 4:22, 24 would have been understood by the letter’s original hearers is that of the theater, within which changes of costume signalled changes of identity, character, or fate. After a brief survey of recent scholarly commentaries (which pay surprisingly little attention to the possibility of a theatrical background to the metaphor in these verses) it highlights instances of similar expressions within Greco-Roman theatrical contexts, both literal and metaphorical, discusses the relevant aspects of ancient dramatic theory and practice, and explores the implications of this reading for theological interpretation of Ephesians.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Ephesians, clothing, metaphor, costume, character, theater
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2019 03:58
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2019 03:58
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3774

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