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Discipleship and Family Ties in Mark and Matthew

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Part of Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series

  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511885839

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  • During the first two centuries CE there was a common awareness that familial tensions were generated by conversions to the Christian faith. Yet studies of Christian origins have so far paid little attention to the impact of the Christian movement upon attitudes to family ties and natural kinship. Stephen C. Barton remedies this deficiency by means of a detailed study of the relevant passages in the gospels of Mark and Matthew. First, however, he examines the religious traditions of Judaism and the philosophical traditions of the Greco-Roman world, and shows that the tensions apparent within the Christian movement were by no means unique. In all three areas of thought and religious belief there is found the conviction that familial obligations may be transcended by some higher responsibility, to God, to Christ, or to the demands of philosophy. Mark and Matthew saw the Jesus-movement as offering a transcendent allegiance, which relativised family ties.

    • Challenges the scholarly consensus that the Christian faith is conservative in its strong support of the conventional family ethos
    • Author is one of the most exciting prospects among the younger generation of New Testament scholars
    • This is an important topic which has received little attention in recent years, a lacuna Barton seeks to remedy
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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511885839
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. The subordination of family ties in Judaism and in the Greco-Roman world of the first century
    3. Discipleship and family ties in Mark
    4. Discipleship and family ties in Matthew
    5. Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index of passages
    Index of authors.

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    Stephen C. Barton

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