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Bibil Identifier bibil:237865
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Ethnic Fluidity in Ephesians
Author Harrill, J. Albert
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 60, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 379-402 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay examines Ephesians in light of current research in ethnic studies. The methodological advance of such an approach is twofold: first, it moves the exegesis of the domestic codes to the wider frame of the letter; and, second, it goes beyond the limited hermeneutical framework of the 'origins' of the reconciliation language to the more productive examination of its function in the text. The concept of 'one new humanity' provides evidence for the author's ethnic reasoning, which participated in ancient cultural affirmations of the essential fluidity and changeability of all ethnicity. The author of Ephesians domesticates the mythical language of baptism by making it fit the conventional morality of a household economy, thus presenting the letter's most important ecclesiological concept, that of ‘the body of Christ’, as a unity that is more moral than mythic.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul : Ephesians
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Ethnicity
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Deuteropaulinism
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Ecclesiology
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Baptism
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