• A Family Affair: Marriage, Class, and Ethics in the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles

    Author(s):
    Andrew Jacobs (see profile)
    Date:
    2007
    Group(s):
    Ancient Jew Review, Late Antiquity
    Subject(s):
    Ancient history, History of religions, Religious studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Asceticism, Family History, Gender studies, Late antiquity, Apocryphal Acts
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6P90F
    Abstract:
    In this essay I juxtapose a dominant culture discourse of the family, one which aims to construct an ethical center out of the marital union, with a deconstructive effort on the part of certain early Christian groups, in order to suggest that this particular Christian "antifamilial" rhetoric associated its family ethics with issues of class and social status. The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles oppose the morally inferior upper-class family, oriented around conjugal concordia, with a status-negating Christian "family" organized around apostolic potestas.
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