Typical studies of marriage and family in the early Christian period focus on very limited evidence found in Scripture. This book offers a broader, richer picture of the first Christian families by drawing together research by experts ranging from archaeologists to ancient historians.
By exploring the nature of households within the ancient Greco-Roman world, the contributors assemble a new understanding of ancient Christian families that is both compelling and instructive. The book is divided into six parts that cover key aspects of ancient family life, from the nature of meals and child-rearing to women's roles and the lives of slaves. Three concluding chapters explore the implications of all this information for theological education today.
Contributors: David L. Balch, Suzanne Dixon, J. Albert Harrill, Ross S. Kraemer, Christian Laes, Peter Lampe, Amy-Jill Levine, Margaret Y. MacDonald, Dale Martin, Eric M. Meyers, Margaret M. Mitchell, Hanne Sigismund Nielsen, Carolyn Osiek, Beryl Rawson, Richard Saller, Timothy F. Sedgwick, Monika Tromper, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, and Michael White.