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Rules for an Ancient Philadelphian Religious Organization and Early Christian Ethical Teaching

Robert Paul Seesengood
Adjunct Lecturer of Classics
Drew University

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Abstract

Many scholars of the Greco-Roman world of the NT continue to argue that Hellenistic ethics were articulated exclusively by philosophical communities and not by non-judeo-Christian religious communities. Many also disproportionately rely on ancient literature which only represents the views of a portion of the educated but not necessarily the populace as a whole. The analysis of an inscription from Lydian Philadelphia challenges both of these practices and offers insight into early Christian ethical thought.

 
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