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Roman Wives, Roman Widows: The Appearance of New Women and the Pauline Communities [Paperback]

By Bruce W. Winter (Author)
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In 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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In 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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Roman Wives, Roman Widows: The Appearance of New Women and the Pauline Communities by Bruce W. Winter has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 01/01/2004 page 121
  • Choice - 07/01/2004 page 2063


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.76" Width: 6.86" Height: 0.74"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 25, 2003
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802849717  
ISBN13  9780802849717  


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More About Bruce W. Winter


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bruce W. Winter is the former warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge, and a respected authority on the historical background to the New Testament. His previous books include After Paul Left Corinth: The Influence of Secular Ethics and Social Change and Roman Wives, Roman Widows: The Appearance of New Women and the Pauline Communities.


Bruce W. Winter has an academic affiliation as follows - Tynedale House, Cambridge.

Bruce W. Winter has published or released items in the following series...
  1. First-Century Christians in the Graeco-Roman World


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AThoughtful, Considered Approach  Feb 23, 2006
In spite of being endlessly footnoted and academically inclined, this book is well worth the effort to mine its depths in search of knowledge. A very comprehensive and interesting treatment of what life was like for men and women in Roman colonies during the first century. "Life in context" and "scripture in context" are two main objectives. In light of this, some of Paul's troubling statements concerning women have a fresh light shone upon them. The research is in-depth and current. Inscriptons, letters and various other sources were used to verify and validate the cultural context in which Paul lived, moved, and ultimately wrote his epistles. I also liked Dr. Winter's "After Paul left Corinth," a somewhat easier read. Both give an excellent glimpse into the lifestyle atmosphere of first century Christians.
 

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