Greco-Roman Associations, Deities, and Early Christianity (Paperback)

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Greco-Roman Associations, Deities, and Early Christianity (Paperback)


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Understanding associations in the Greco-Roman world enhances the study of the rise of early Christianity--whether at the micro-level of interpreting particular texts or at the macro-level of assessing the spread of Christ-devotion in the pre-Constantinian era. The twenty-four contributions contained within Greco-Roman Associations, Deities, and Early Christianity enlarge our perspectives on the extent to which Greco-Roman associations bring features of Christian origins into relief.

Thematic studies include associational social reputation; women in associations; deities and devotion; financial strategies of group maintenance; care for the poor; varieties of group identity; refinements of terminological and conceptual apparatus; funerary practices; occupational groups; and the alleged role of Christianity in the demise of associations. Studies of particular phenomena include 1 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians, Paul's Collection, Hebrews, a late first-century Christian family, 1 Clement, and Clement of Alexandria.

While the essays cover a wide spectrum of topics, they retain a clear focus on aspects of corporate life within ancient associations as comparanda for the study of early Christ-groups within their social milieu. These essays, all kept to a disciplined length, represent the work of impressive scholars from a range of interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and international contexts. The volume's symposium of voices and lively scholarly exchange productively expand current conversations about Greco-Roman associations, deities, and early Christianity.

Bruce W. Longenecker (Ph.D. University of Durham) is Graduate Professor of Religion and W. W. Melton Chair in the Baylor University Department of Religion. He is the author or editor of numerous books including In Stone and Story: Early Christianity in the Roman World (2020), The Cross before Constantine: The Early Life of a Christian Symbol (2015), Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and The Greco-Roman World (2010), Rhetoric at the Boundaries: The Art and Theology of New Testament Chain-Link Transitions (2005), and Luke, Paul and the Graeco-Roman World (2002).
Product Details ISBN: 9781481315166
ISBN-10: 1481315161
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2022
Pages: 484
Language: English