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In 2004 Steve Friesen proposed a `poverty scale' for Graeco-Roman urbanism as a backdrop against which to assess features of the earliest urban Christian communities. This article offers an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of Friesen's scale, not least in relation to binary taxonomies...
To date, the euphemism of `touching' in 1 Cor. 7.1 has only been examined in light of eight examples in Greek literature, and these have led most scholars to conclude that it is a general euphemism for sexual intercourse. This study examines 25 examples of the euphemism, shows how it relates to...
This paper analyses the role played by named letter-carriers among Greek personal letters in the Oxyrhynchus papyri as possible background for Pauline practice, and within the context of recent proposals concerning the role of the letter-carriers within Pauline practice. Around forty letters are...
In recent years significant evidence has been unearthed with regard to the sociopolitical nature of Paul's corpus. Despite this, there are politically provocative texts which remained unexamined. One of these is Rom. 4.13-25. This article proposes that, by drawing on the Abraham and Sarah birth...
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