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Re-reading Household Relationships Christologically : Ephesians, Empire and Egalitarianism
Authorship Description
Rev. Dr. Jayachitra Lalitha.
Bibliographical Details xvi, 183 p. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351481891
ISBN-13 9789351481898, 978-9351481898
Year of Publication 2017.
Series Biblical Hermeneutics Rediscovered - 4.
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Re-reading Household Relationships Christologically : Ephesians, Empire and Egalitarianism

Why has the biblical passage, Eph. 5:21-33 traditionally been used to reiterate the subordinate position of wives and women in general? This book attempts to analyze the Jewish, Greco-Roman and Christian elements of household relationships in the letter to the Ephesians as a site for postcolonial feminist theological formulations. While there are negotiations with the colonial and patriarchal environment, one may also find how the author struggles to retain the egalitarianism of early Christian church. The imagery of Christ-church union and mutuality in "one flesh" marital relationship provide pointers to re-read the text towards de-colonizing and de-patriarchalizing the Ephesian household codes.




1. Ephesian Household Codes and Empire

2. Household Codes in New Testament : Jewish or Greco-Roman or Christian?

3. Wife-Husband Relationships : Intersecting Judaism, Greco-Roman Religions and Christianity

4. Ephesians, Empire, and Egalitarianism

5. The Mutual "One-Flesh" Relationship : A Third Space of Enunciation

6. Conclusion


Rev. Dr. Jayachitra Lalitha is Professor of New Testament at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai. She is also the Dean of Women's Studies. She has co-edited two books, `Teaching All Nations: Interrogating the Matthean Great Commission' and `Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations: Global Awakenings in Theology and Praxis.'

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