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The Zeal Of G.E.M. De Ste. Croix

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Ste. Croix makes some valuable points towards a materialist reading of the Bible, especially the insight concerning the tension between chora and polis in the New Testament. The complexity of his engagement with theology has to take account of his biography, not least of which is his conservative Christian upbringing at the hands of a mother, who was a British Israelite. Ste. Croix highlights the crucial roles of class-conflict; provides an extraordinarily useful correction to dominant assumptions concerning trade and commerce; and he shows that such reconstructions are inevitably politically engaged. Towards the end of his life Ste. Croix devoted his attention to biblical matters, planning two volumes, Early Christian Attitudes to Women, Sex and Marriage, and Essays in Early Christian History.

Keywords: Christianity; New Testament; Ste. Croix



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