Abuse, Power and Fearful Obedience: Reconsidering 1 Peter's Commands to Wives
Abuse, Power and Fearful Obedience: Reconsidering 1 Peter's Commands to Wives

Abuse, Power and Fearful Obedience: Reconsidering 1 Peter's Commands to Wives

in The Library of New Testament Studies

by Jennifer G. Bird

Pages 180
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2011
ISBN-13 9780567427502
Jennifer Bird examines the subjectivity of wives in 1 Peter with particular reference to the Haustafel (household code) section of the letter. Bird analyzes the construction of wives' subjectivity in 1 Peter , working primarily with that is referrre to as the Haustafel (household code) section and engaging feminist critical questions, postcolonial theory, and materialist theory in her analysis. Bird examines the two crucial labels for understanding Petrine Christian identity - 'aliens and refugees' and 'royal priesthood and holy nation' - and finds them to stand in stark contract with the commands and identity given to the wives in the Haustafel section. Similarly, the command to 'honour the Emperor', which immediately precedes the Haustafel, engenders a rich discussion of the text's socio-political implications. The critical engagement of several 'symptomatic irruptions' within the comands to the wives unvcovers the abusive dynamic underlying this section of the letter. Finally, Bird considers the present day implications of her study. Formerly The Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement , a book series that explores the many aspects of New Testament study including historical perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and theological, cultural and contextual approaches. The Early Christianity in Context series, a part of JSNTS, examines the birth and development of early Christianity up to the end of the third century CE. The series places Christianity in its social, cultural, political and economic context. European Seminar on Christian Origins and Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus Supplement are also part of JSNTS.

  • Table of contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1: Laying the Foundation: A History of the Scholarship
  • 2: A New Methodology
  • 3: Reading the Rhetoric
  • 4: Components of Collusion
  • 5: Daughters of Sarah: Fear-full Subjects Indeed
  • 6: Conclusions
  • Bibliography

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