Jesus' Family Values

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Church Publishing, Inc., Nov 1, 2006 - Religion - 159 pages
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Many people claim to know what Jesus would say or do in the kinds of ethical dilemmas we face today, but applying "traditional" Christian values out of context actually sells Jesus' teaching short. What are Christian family values, Deirdre Good asks, why are there so many interpretations of what Jesus actually taught and said, and which of these biblical values should guide our lives?

She begins by setting this conversation in the context of the Greek, Roman, Jewish, and first-century sectarian world, and criticizes the attempts to use biblical texts literally in advocating for marriage and the family. Other chapters will take up the meaning of house and home, marriage and divorce, and biological ties vs. extended families and communities.

Through careful attention to the words and stories of Matthew, Luke, Mark, John, and the letters of Paul, Good provides an ideal method for studying the Bible to find out what it actually says to our communities and households today.

  

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Contents

THE BIBLE AND FAMILY VALUES
11
Where Do Family Values Come From?
14
From Household to Home
21
Language about Families and Households
23
Houses in Ancient Rome and Palestine
29
Roman and Palestinian Households
32
Adoption
35
THE HOLY FAMILY
38
Jesus Moral Growth
94
Lukes Urbane Households
100
Hospitality and Table Fellowship
108
From Temple to House
113
PAULS URBAN HOUSEHOLDS
117
I Do I Do
118
Authentic Letters of Paul
121
Paul and Family Values
124

Lukes Extended Family
44
The Family at the Cross
48
Leaving Home and Abandoning Family
52
Outsiders and Insiders
57
MATTHEWS NEW FAMILY
63
Jesus Brothers and Sisters
66
Eunuchs in the Family
72
Insiders and Outsiders
79
Matthews Community and Family Values
85
LUKES RESPECTABLE FAMILY
90
Birth Narrative
92
Christs Death Overturns Hierarchy
125
Marriage and Related Matters in Corinth
128
Brothers and Sisters
132
Paul and Children
135
Social Order and Family Values after Paul
137
Harmony in Marriage
141
JESUS AND FAMILY VALUES
143
Easy Reference Chart
150
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
157
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About the author (2006)

Deirdre Good is Professor of New Testament at The General Theological Seminary in New York City

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