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Ehe als Sanatorium Plutarchs

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This study examines the relevance of Plutarch’s Conjugal Precepts for the interpretation of the Pastoral Epistles’ view on marriage with special regard to 1 Tim 2:9-15. By comparing the two texts the author concludes that not only do they share a conservative marriage-ethos, which can be detected in their approval of female subordination, but they more importantly share the belief that marriage acts as a kind of sanatorium within which the wife is made free from her so-called vitium feminae. According to Plutarch, marriage helps women to be freed from a lack of logos that supposedly characterizes their nature. In the Pastoral Epistles the healing function of marriage is directed toward the Satanic deception that every woman supposedly suffers from as a result of Eve’s transgression. Through marriage the vitium feminae is transformed into the salus uxoris.

Affiliations: 1: Heidelberg


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