Emmanuel School of Religion (2007 Graduate)
Siblingship is a common metaphor Paul uses in describing the family of God. As twenty-first-century readers of the NT, it is hard for us to understand firstcentury ideas. This paper investigates (1) the first-century Greco-Roman concept of siblings in actual families, (2) the ideal roles siblings should fulfill toward one another within Plutarchs treatise, Peri; Filadelfiva (Peri Philadelphia, Concerning Brotherly Love), and (3) Pauls use of the Greco- Roman concept of siblingship within his writings, specifically 1 Thessalonians and Romans.
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