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Roman Christianity and Roman StoicismA Comparative Study of Ancient Morality$
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Runar M. Thorsteinsson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199578641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578641.001.0001

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The First Letter of Clement

The First Letter of Clement

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(p.117) 8 The First Letter of Clement
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Roman Christianity and Roman Stoicism
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Runar M. Thorsteinsson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578641.003.0009

This chapter deals with the First Letter of Clement (ca. 95 CE). Like Romans and 1 Peter, 1 Clement emphasises the virtue of love, albeit in a more indirect manner. The moral teaching of 1 Clement speaks primarily in favour of unity, mutual love, and social obligation within the Christian communities. By underlining the reciprocal relationship between rich and poor, the author advocates a social model which largely mirrors the traditional Roman system of patronage. The author also urges total submission to the Roman authorities. An assessment of the relationship between 1 Clement and Romans suggests that the author of 1 Clement directly applies Paul's moral teaching in Romans.

Keywords:   1 Clement, unity, love, social obligation, patronage, submission, Paul, Romans

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