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Bibil Identifier bibil:202061
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Neither Gold nor Braided Hair (1 Timothy 2.9; 1 Peter 3.3): Adornment, Gender and Honour in Antiquity
Author Batten, Alicia J.
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 55, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 484-501 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article examines the relationships between adornment, gender and honour in the Graeco-Roman world in order to provide a broad context for understanding the attempts to curtail women's adornment in 1 Tim 2.9 and 1 Pet 3.3. It argues that while many male writers criticize women who adorn themselves, often accusing such women of luxuria, not all women shared such a perspective. Rather, women may well have valued jewellery, fine clothes and elaborate hair as means of conveying status and honour, and as important forms of economic power. These factors require consideration when attempting to understand why the authors of 1 Timothy and 1 Peter counsel women to avoid gold, pearls, braided hair and fine clothing.
DOI 10.1017/S0028688509990075
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Woman
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Gender Studies
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : History and Civilization
Pericopes 1 Timothy 2,9
1 Peter 3,3
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