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Honor And Subjection In The Lord: Paul And The Family In The Reformation

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To introduce the topic of Pauline influence on Reformation ideas about the family, this chapter begins with a brief overview of the current state of scholarship on the history of the family in the sixteenth century, followed by a brief discussion on Pauline texts and patriarchal ideas. It looks at sixteenth-century ideas about family relationships, focusing on the defense of clerical marriage, the roles of wives and mothers, the mutual obligations of husbands and wives, and relations between parents and children. One of the reasons that reformers gave more attention to the topic of marriage than had medieval clergy was the Protestant acceptance and promotion of clerical marriage. As Rosemary Radford Ruether has observed, "In general, children are strikingly absent from the Epistles of the New Testament.

Keywords: clerical marriage; Epistles; New Testament; patriarchal ideas; Paul; Pauline texts; Reformation ideas



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