This study sheds new light on identity formation and maintenance in the world of the early Christians by drawing on neglected archaeological and epigraphic evidence concerning associations and immigrant groups and by incorporating insights from the social sciences. The study's unique contribution relates, in part, to its interdisciplinary character, standing at the intersection of Christian Origins, Jewish Studies, Classical Studies, and the Social Sciences. It also breaks new ground in its thoroughly comparative framework, giving the Greek and Roman evidence its due, not as mere background but as an integral factor in understanding dynamics of identity among early Christians. This makes the work particularly well suited as a text for courses that aim to understand early Christian groups and literature, including the New Testament, in relation to their Greek, Roman, and Judean contexts. Inscriptions pertaining to associations provide a new angle of vision on the ways in which members in Christian congregations and Jewish synagogues experienced belonging and expressed their identities within the Greco-Roman world. The many other groups of immigrants throughout the cities of the empire provide a particularly appropriate framework for understanding both synagogues of Judeans and groups of Jesus - followers as minority cultural groups in these same contexts. Moreover, there were both shared means of expressing identity (including fictive familial metaphors) and peculiarities in the case of both Jews and Christians as minority cultural groups, who (like other 'foreigners') were sometimes characterized as dangerous, alien 'anti-associations'. This title pays close attention to dynamics of identity and belonging within associations.
Christiansa form a significant proportion of the Arab minority living within Israel, and many Christian Palestinians have occupied important economic and political positions.a This book explores the complicated position of Christian Palestinians within Israel.a It shows how analyses which characterise the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a Jewish-Muslim conflict fail to take account of the full picuture, as do analyses which argue that Christian Palestinians' primary identity lies with a wider transnational Christian community.a It outlines how the Christian Palestinian community has developed, and where it is concentrated, examines conflicts between Christian and Muslim Palestinians and between Christian Palestinians and Druzes, discusses church-state relations, showing how the church's influence has declined, and assesses how far the Israeli state favours Christians over other Palestinians, thereby revealing a great dal about state-minority realtions within Israel and the extent to which Israel is a Jewish ethnocratic state.
Government affects our daily lives, and Christians need to think about how to apply biblical principles to politics and government. This book provides an overview of the biblical principles relating to what the apostle Paul calls "governing authorities" (i.e., government) with specific chapters dealing with the founding principles of the American government. This includes an examination of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Federalist Papers. The thirteen chapters in this book not only look at the broad founding principles but also provide an in-depth look at other important political and governmental issues. One section explains the history and application of church and state issues. Another section describes aspects of political debate and discourse. A final section provides a brief overview of the Christian heritage of this nation that was important in the founding of this country and the framing of our founding documents. Some questions that Anderson will answer are: Is it possible for humans to establish a government that will actually bring lasting peace and security? What are some of the important biblical principles in establishing government? What hinders human efforts in setting up and maintaining the perfect government? How can we develop discernment and make wise choices about candidates and governmental policies? What is the answer to the problems of corruption and oppression? Why should we seriously consider what the Bible says about what the apostle Paul called "governing authorities" and our future?
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