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Ancient Letters and the Purpose of Romans : The Law of the Membrane, Hardback Book

Ancient Letters and the Purpose of Romans : The Law of the Membrane Hardback

Part of the The Library of New Testament Studies series

Description

Aaron Ricker locates the purpose of Romans in its function as a tool of community identity definition.

Ricker employs a comparative analysis of the ways in which community identity definition is performed in first-century association culture, including several ancient network letters comparable to Romans. Ricker's examination of the community advice found in Rom 12-15 reveals in this new context an ancient example of the ways in which an inscribed addressee community can be invited in a letter to see and comport itself as a "proper" association network community.

The ideal community addressed in the letter to the Romans is defined as properly unified and orderly, as well accommodating to - and clearly distinct from - cultures "outside." Finally, it is defined as linked to a proper network with recognised leadership (i.e., the inscribed Paul of the letter and his network).

Paul's letter to the Romans is in many ways a baffling and extraordinary document.

In terms of its community-defining functions and strategies, however, Ricker shows its purpose to be perfectly clear and understandable.

Information

  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • ISBN: 9780567693983

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