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"Asking the Other Question": An Intersectional Approach to Galatians 3:28 and the Colossian Household Codes

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This article pays attention to hierarchical reasoning and argues that the Roman Empire at the advent of Christianity was indeed a context of cultural complexity. I suggest that "intersectionality," developed within recent race and gender research, may be the most fruitful way to investigate such complexity. The method of "asking the other question" provides tools to understand how various hierarchies produce ambiguous and negotiable identities. Cross-cutting ties, multiple loyalties, and diverse combinations of identities were elements of ancient discourses. Hierarchies overlapped and social categories did not operate in isolation but interacted with and influenced each other. Against this background I will interpret the relationship pairs in the Colossian household codes, by means of Gal. 3:28 and in dialogue with the Greek papyrus fragment Acta Isidori. Instead of paying attention to one of the relationship pairs in isolation (man/woman, slave/free, etc.), as is most common in commentaries, I ask how various categories interact and mutually construct each other. Finally I suggest that we cannot talk about identity, status, and hierarchy without paying attention to how ethnicity, class, gender, and age intersect in a number of different ways.

Affiliations: 1: University of Oslo


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