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    DescriptionIn Roman law you were what you wore. This legal principle became highly significant because, beginning in the first century A.D., a "new" kind of woman emerged across the Roman empire - a woman whose provocative dress and sometimes promiscuous lifestyle contrasted starkly with the decorum of the traditional married woman. What a woman chose to wear came to identify her as either "new" or "modest." Augustus legislated against the "new" woman. Philosophical schools encouraged their followers to avoid embracing her way of life. And, as this fascinating book demonstrates for the first time, the presence of the "new" woman was also felt in the early church, where Christian wives and widows were exhorted to emulate neither her dress code nor her conduct. Using his extensive knowledge both of the Graeco-Roman world and of the New Testament writings, Bruce Winter shows how changing social mores among women impacted the Pauline communities.This helps to explain the controversial texts on marriage veils in 1 Corinthians, instructions in 1 Timothy regarding dress code and the activities of young widows, and exhortations in Titus for older women to call new wives "back to their senses" regarding their marriage and family responsibilities. Based on a close investigation of neglected literary and archaeological evidence, Roman Wives, Roman Widows makes groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of first-century women, including their participation in public life as lawyers, magistrates, and political figures, which in turn affected women's ministry in the Pauline communities.


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    Title
    Roman Wives, Roman Widows
    Subtitle
    The Appearance of New Women and the Pauline Communites
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bruce W. Winter
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 244
    Width: 174 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 364 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780802849717
    ISBN 10: 0802849717
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRCG9
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Theme: THEO/ACADEM
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE, CULT/ITALY
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
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    BISAC V2.8: REL015000, HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    ECPA Christian Book Category: CHMCHLCHS
    Ingram Subject Code: RLVH
    Libri: I-RLVH
    ECPA Christian Book Category: BSTBIBBHS
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    ECPA Christian Book Category: BSTBNTPAU
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    BISAC V2.8: REL006100
    DC21: 227.06
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    BISAC V2.8: REL012020
    LC classification: BR195.W6 W56 2003
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    LC classification: 2003054330
    Thema V1.0: QRMF19, NHB, NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
    Publication date
    25 November 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Grand Rapids
    Review quote
    "An important book that deserves to be known."
    Back cover copy
    In ancient Roman law "you were what you wore." This legal principle became highly significant because, beginning in the first century A.D., a new kind of woman emerged across the Roman empire -- a woman whose provocative dress and sometimes promiscuous lifestyle contrasted starkly with the decorum of the traditional married woman. What a woman chose to wear came to identify her as either new or modest. Augustus legislated against the new woman. Philosophical schools encouraged their followers to avoid embracing her way of life. And, as this fascinating book demonstrates for the first time, the presence of the new woman was also felt in the early church, where Paul exhorted Christian wives and widows to emulate neither her dress code nor her conduct.Using his extensive knowledge both of the Graeco-Roman world and of Paul's writings, Bruce Winter shows how changing social mores among women impacted the Pauline communities. This helps to explain the controversial texts on marriage veils in 1 Corinthians, instructions in 1 Timothy regarding dress code and the activities of young widows, and exhortations in Titus for older women to call new wives back to their senses regarding their marriage and family responsibilities. Based on a close investigation of neglected literary and archaeological evidence, "Roman Wives, Roman Widows" makes groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of first-century women, including their participation in public life as lawyers, magistrates, and political figures, which in turn affected women's ministry in the Pauline communities.