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Divided Families and Christian Origins

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In this chapter, the author focuses on the sayings in Q, and on a series of questions related to these sayings, and considers questions which will lead to their social context and some aspects of the larger question of Christian origins. The most obviously anti-family sayings in Q are Q 9:59-60a and 14:26. The second clearly anti-family saying is Q 14:26. Like the two previous sayings, Q 12:51-53 is an anti-family saying, but it is different from them in other respects. The author states that remarriage constitute adultery because, it is presumed, marriage is indissoluble. This focus on remarriage as adultery is hardly eccentric within the context of the early church. The author feels that the Q group was a potential menace to the patriarchal household. The author says that the anti-family sayings in Q may themselves be evidence of the sectarian character of the Q group.

Keywords: anti-family saying; Christian origins; divided families; early church; patriarchal household; Q group



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