Academic journal article Journal of Biblical Literature

The Social World of the First Christians: Essays in Honor of Wayne A Meeks

Academic journal article Journal of Biblical Literature

The Social World of the First Christians: Essays in Honor of Wayne A Meeks

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The Social World of the First Christians: Essays in Honor of Wayne A. Meeks, ed. L. Michael White and 0. Larry Yarbrough. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995. Pp. xxx + 418. $54.00.

The twenty-two essays of this volume were presented to Wayne Meeks, Woolsey Professor of Biblical Studies at Yale University, by students, colleagues, and friends, on the occasion of his sixty-third birthday. A tribute to Meeks's own erudition, the essays are consistently of sterling quality; evidence of his range of interest and expertise, they span the fields of NT exegesis, Greco-Roman religion, social history of the early church, and Christianity in late antiquity.

Following "An Appreciation" for Wayne Meeks by the editors (pp. xxi-xxiii) and a bibliography of his writings (pp. xxv-xxix), the volume is divided into four parts. Part 1, "Paul and His Communities," contains the following essays: "Euodia and Syntyche and Paul's Letter to the Philippians," by Nils A. Dahl (pp. 3-15); "Christ, the Elements of the Cosmos, and the Law in Galatians," by J. Louis Martyn (pp. 16-39); "The Weak and the Strong: Paul's Careful and Crafty Rhetorical Strategy in Romans 14:1-15:13," by J. Paul Sampley (pp. 40-52); "(text omitted) A Modest Proposal for Illuminating Paul's Use of Metaphor in 1 Thessalonians 4:4," by Jouette M. Bassler (pp. 53-66); "A Support for His Old Age: Paul's Plea on Behalf of Onesimus," by Ronald F. Hock (pp. 67-81); "Paul's Thorn and Cultural Models of Affliction," by Susan R. Garrett (pp. 82-99); "Light on Paul from the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs?" by M. de Jonge (pp. 100-115); "God's New Family in Thessalonica," by Abraham J. Malherbe (pp. 116-25); and "Parents and Children in the Letters of Paul," by O. …

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