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Potential Barriers to Membership of the Pauline Churches

Johns, Reginald B. (2011) Potential Barriers to Membership of the Pauline Churches. Master of Theology (major thesis) thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

This Thesis presents a reconstruction of two of St Paul’s writings, the Letter to Philemon and 1 Corinthians, Chapter 7. Both writings deal with personal inter-relationships relevant to the specific addressees and to their communities.
Paul must be heard and understood within his own cultural milieu and the Thesis discusses the socio-cultural characteristics of his and his audience’s society. Honour and Shame, Patronage and Kinship are characteristics discussed in some detail in order to understand how Paul’s preaching may have been received (leading to membership of the Pauline Communities) or rejected.
Paul’s advice is sensitive to his audience who are often persons of higher status and who in turn could have been influential within the Churches. Paul does address slaves directly, particularly in 1 Cor. 7 but the Letter to Philemon is a letter on behalf of apparently a common Christian slave to his Christian Slave-owner. It suggests an alternative way of relating to such a person and the slave can be taken as representative of the disadvantaged persons who were in a majority . The advice in the Letter suggests an attitudinal change which would have been seen as a radical departure from the social norm; its influence, however, did survive in the Early Church for a good 200 years!

Item Type: Theses (Master of Theology (major thesis))
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: New Testament, Pauline Studies, Church membership, society, family
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2011 03:46
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2011 03:46
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/883

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