'All of You are One' - Bruce Hansen

'All of You are One'

The Social Vision of Gal 3.28, 1 Cor 12.13 and Col 3.11

Hansen argues that unity formula employed in "Gal 3.28", "1 Cor 12.13" and "Col 3.11" offers equality between competing social groups. Hansen argues against prevalent views that the unity formula employed in "Gal 3. Les mer
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Hansen argues that unity formula employed in "Gal 3.28", "1 Cor 12.13" and "Col 3.11" offers equality between competing social groups. Hansen argues against prevalent views that the unity formula employed in "Gal 3.28", "1 Cor 12.13" and "Col 3.11" reflects either a Hellenistic anthropology of ideal androgyny or a modern liberal conception of social equality. Rather, Hansen contends, attention to function and context demonstrates each epistle's vision of social unity. Insights from ethnic theory elucidate how the epistles characterize this unity in terms of a new social identity, and the practices warranted by that identity. Furthermore, Hansen claims that because identity construction is continual, dynamic and discursive, alternate identities (e.g. ethnic, gender, religious, economic) within the new Christian communities, may be seen as influencing one another and may be termed as the collective Christian identity. Hansen employs theories from Ethnic study as tools for assessing how such overlapping identities persist and interact with one another.
His analysis thereby demonstrates that the social unity promoted by this formula opposes cultural dominance by any particular group and, conversely reinforces the persistence of marginal social identities within new communities. The issue is then not one of gender equality, but of the equality that Paul wishes to develop between competing social groups. Formerly the "Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement", a book series that explores the many aspects of New Testament study including historical perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and theological, cultural and contextual approaches. "The Early Christianity in Context" series, a part of JSNTS, examines the birth and development of early Christianity up to the end of the third century CE. The series places Christianity in its social, cultural, political and economic context. European Seminar on Christian Origins and "Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus Supplement" are also part of JSNTS.
Forlag: T.& T.Clark Ltd
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 256
ISBN: 9780567136046
Format: 23 x 16 cm

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«'By applying the conceptual apparatus of 'ethnic theory' to the Pauline letters, he suggests that Paul attempts to supply his churches with a fictive kinship myth that renders them a new ethnos, drawn from Jews as well as Gentiles, rather than either group being subsumed to the other. In this way, Paul fashions for his churches a 'diaspora identity' (for which Hansen follows D Boyrain), but one that, rather than obliterating social differences between individuals, seeks to create a space that prevents any one pre-existing identity marker (such as circumcision) serving as a normative for all (pace Boyarin). This identity functions within a broadly bounded set of boundary-marking 'indices' that concern avoidance of idoltary and sexual immorality, and adherence to communal solidarity and Christ-like sacrificial love. There is much of value in this careful investigation.' David Lincicum, Mansfield College, Oxford »

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«Based on a doctoral dissertation presented to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, this investigation of the Pauline formulaic affirmations that unity in Christ overcomes social divisions (Gal 3:28; 1 Cor 12:13; Col 3:11) argues that these texts support Paul's construal of the believers as a new ethnic group patterned on the identity of Israel as reenvisioned through Christ.  After a 31-page introduction, it clarifies ethnic theory and rhetoric as a means of enabling readers to recognize better Paul's discursive strategy.  Then it examines the three key texts: Gal 3:28 and the household of faith, 1 Cor 12:13 and the body of Christ, and Col 3:11 and the new humanity.  Hansen concludes that for Paul the unity formula finds its bearings in reference to the story of God fashioning a new people on the basis of the stories of Israel and of Christ." -New Testament Abstracts, Vol. 54»

«Perhaps the most prominent refrain the Pauline corpus, says Hansen is the affirmation that unity in Christ overcomes the social division of Jew versus Greek, slave versus free, and other dichotomies. An ordained minister in San Francisco, he explores the background of the idea, its intended purpose for original readers, and its significance to believers today. Among his topics are reading Paul ethnically, the household of faith, the body of Christ, the new humanity, and unity as ethnic solidarity." -Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc.»

«This is a nicely put together, well-argued book... a valuable contribution to discussion of each of these three letters and of the structure of [Pau's] theology overall.»

«.. this is an indispensable beginning point for all future studies of eschatology in 1 Thessalonians and in Paul's theology more generally.»

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION; The Formula; Previous Interpretive Approaches; Ethnic Unity and Paul; Summary; CHAPTER TWO: READING PAUL ETHNICALLY; Defining Ethnicity; Genealogy and Autochthony; Indices of the Genealogical Criteria; Ethnic Discourse; Acculturation, Assimilation and Ethnogenesis; Summary; CHAPTER THREE: GAL 3:28 AND THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH; Introduction: Gal 3:28 in Epistolary Context; Disunity in Jerusalem and Antioch: Gal 2:1-14; Paul's Speech: Gal 2:14c-21; Urging Unity: Gal 5-6; Social Identity in Apocalyptic Perspective; Gal 3-4: Identity and Unity in Christ; Ethnic Identity; Summary; CHAPTER FOUR: 1 COR 12:13 AND THE BODY OF CHRIST; Introduction; Ethnicity among Images for Unity; Ethnic Identity and the Unity Formula in Paul's Parenesis: 1 Cor 5-14; Summary; CHAPTER FIVE: COL 3:11 AND THE NEW HUMANITY; Introduction; Social Identity and Solidarity in Col 1:1-2:23; 3:1-4:6: Seeking Unity in Christ; Unity as Ethnic Solidarity; Ethnic Criterion of Genealogy; Confirming Indices of Ethnicity; Summary; CHAPTER SIX: CONCLUSIONS; The Aims and Methodology of this Study; Conclusions of this Study.
Rev. Bruce Hansen, PhD (University of St. Andrews) is an ordained minister at San Francisco Christian Center and has been a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the San Francisco Bay area for twenty-three years.