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If Sons, Then Heirs: A Study of Kinship and Ethnicity in the Letters of Paul

Caroline Johnson Hodge

Abstract

Christianity is understood to be a “universal” religion that transcends the particularities of history and culture, including differences related to kinship and ethnicity. This portrait of Christianity has been maintained by an interpretive tradition that claims that Paul eliminates ethnicity or at least separates it from what is important about Christianity. This study challenges that perception. Through an examination of kinship and ethnic language in Paul's letters, this book demonstrates that notions of peoplehood and lineage are not rejected or downplayed by Paul; instead they are central ... More

Keywords: Jews, gentiles, Abraham, patrilineal, adoption, Christ, lineage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195182163
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182163.001.0001

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Caroline Johnson Hodge, author
College of the Holy Cross
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