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DiakoniaRe-Interpreting the Ancient Sources$
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John N Collins

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195396027

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.001.0001

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Diakonia
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John N. Collins

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.003.0007

Finally, we come to the cognate words of “diakonia” as they apply to menial duties. This chapter reports instances of people, usually slaves, doing things for other people around their houses and waiting upon them at their meals. This chapter disposes of household chores quite summarily, and in this it notes a change of method from that in preceding chapters, where frequent close studies of context have been usual for the purpose of establishing meaning; here meaning is of less import than character of usage, and in the case of household duties the review is further limited by the baldness of the statements available and by the generally scant information provided by context. In the case of their eating habits the ancients have been more generous, and in their range of records, descriptions, and comment, both in literature and in the immemorial stone, this chapter shows a rich course of wordy fare, satisfying especially by reason of Christian interest in the ritual of tables.

Keywords:   menial duties, household chores, tables, houses, ritual, slaves, diakonia

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