By Kathy L. Gaca
"Gaca's e-book makes a worthwhile contribution to the historical past of sexual ethics in antiquity and may be crucial studying for all students and scholars attracted to that topic."--Virginia Burrus, Jrnl of Early Christian Stds
"Gaca's skill to navigate optimistically throughout either the Greek philosophical culture and the Septuagint is as infrequent because it is effective. An eye-opener." --Kate Cooper, occasions Literary complement (TLS), five November 2004, p. 14
"Rich. . . .Gaca's exact research of the different traditions, and her incorporation of the Septuagint, NT, and Philo within the argument, mark an important develop over Foucault's research within the historical past of Sexuality. quintessential to destiny examine at the topic and may be in each college library."--David Konstan, spiritual reviews Review
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And F. Hauck and S. Schulz, “pÒrnh, porne¤a” TDNT, vol. 6, 579 –95. New Testament scholars remain without a clear consensus about its meaning, despite numerous attempts to resolve the problem by studying the New Testament and roughly contemporary parallels, L. Countryman, Dirt, Greed, and Sex, 72– 4; W. Klassen, “Pauline Sexual Ethics,” 165; M. Dumais, “Couple et sexualité dans le Nouveau Testament” (1977), 48 –56; B. ” (1972), 10 –17. Other scholars on early Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism tend to adopt one or another deﬁnition as it appears to ﬁt the context.
Clark, Reading Renunciation: Asceticism and Scripture in Early Christianity (1999), 3–11, 104 –76. 26. As V. ” For the more general social theory that informs Wimbush’s position, see R. Valantasis, “A Theory of the Social Function of Asceticism” (1995), 544 –52. 28 This is the account I plan to give. 29 My study is consequently oriented toward texts and their prescriptions— the sexual politics being formulated—not toward actual sexual practices or strategies of biblical interpretation that take shape in multiform response.
Unless the Septuagint is taken into account, we gain little worthwhile information about how Christian sexual principles stand in relation to the philosophers’ political plans for sexual reform. To investigate the formation of Christian sexual morality without considering the Greek biblical norms that inform it is like trying to understand Moby Dick while setting the whale aside. This study gives the Septuagint its due. My work, which is a study in historically grounded ethics and political philosophy, directly complements the social history of early Christian sexual asceticism and related didactic ideology.