Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity   -     By: David A. deSilva
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Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity

Inter-Varsity Press / 2000 / Paperback

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Contemporary Western readers of the New Testament may find it surprising that honor and shame, patronage and reciprocity, kinship and family, and purity and pollution offer us keys to understanding the methods and message of the New Testament. But as recent scholarship has discovered and David deSilva demonstrates, paying attention to these cultural themes opens our eyes and ears to new facets and overtones within the New Testament documents.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 375
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0830815724
ISBN-13: 9780830815722
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Contemporary Western readers may find it surprising that honor and shame, patronage and reciprocity, kinship and family, and purity and pollution offer us keys to interpreting the New Testament. But as recent scholarship has proposed and as David deSilva demonstrates, paying attention to these cultural themes opens our eyes and ears to new discoveries and deeper understanding. Through our understanding of honor and shame in the Mediterranean world, we gain new appreciation of the way in which the personhood of early Christians connected with group values. By examining the protocols of patronage and reciprocity, we more firmly grasp the meaning of God's grace--and our response has fresh meaning. In exploring the ethos of kinship and household relations, we enlarge our perspective on the early Christian communities that met in houses and functioned as a new family or "household" of God. And by investigating the notions of purity and pollution along with their associated practices, we come to realize how the ancient "map" of society and the world was revised by the power of the gospel. DeSilva's work will reward you with a deeper appreciation of the New Testament, the gospel and Christian discipleship. More than that, it will also inform your participation in contemporary Christian community.

Author Bio

David A. deSilva (Ph.D., Emory University) is Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. He is the author of over fifteen books including (Septuagint Commentary Series); and He is also an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 16, 2010
    Lori
    The subtitle of this bookUnlocking New Testament Culturesays it all. As a seminary student, I have found HPKP to be a great resource, not only for writing papers, but for deepening my own understanding of Scripture. The book covers four aspects/concepts prevalent in first century culture, devoting two chapters to each one. As deSilva unpacks these concepts and shows how the gospels and epistles are steeped in them, the New Testament comes alive in a whole new way. Understanding the ancient concepts of patronage and reciprocity lays a great foundation for understanding the gospel itself. Nothing could be more fundamental. This book has helped me enter into the world of the apostles and my faith has increased as a result. It is well-written, easy to read, and well worth every penny.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 26, 2004
    Steve
    This is an outstanding book that offers great insight into New Testament life as it relates to the Bible. At points you can almost picture life as it was lived day by day. How did the first century person think? In what way did Christianity confront both the Greek and Roman culture? Why and how did the church at Corinth differ from the one Ephesus? I recommend this book to anyone who will listen!
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