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Subject to the governing authorities: A tradition of Pauline interpretation in Late Antiquity


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Following a quick introduction in Chapter 1, Chapter 2 examines scholarship on Rom 13:1–10 to establish a springboard for investigating John Chrysostom's and John of Damascus' interpretation of that passage. This starting point is that Paul wrote Romans between 55–58 C.E., and sent it to a primarily Gentile congregation in Rome. Rom 13:1–10 contains Paul's advice to submit to Roman authority, including paying taxes. Reasons to submit are the government's services, rewards and punishments. Rom 13:1–10 is not a general treatise on government, but specific and limited advice, based on a practical understanding of power.

Chapter 3 examines John Chrysostom's homily. The first part interprets Rom 13:1–10, and the second is an extended exhortation to love. Though John follows Paul's letter, he introduces ideas not directly expressed in Romans. The two most discussed here are the distinction between an office and the office-holder, and his claim that the ruler makes virtue easier.

Chapter 4 discusses the authorship and interpretation of excerpts attributed to John of Damascus, which closely follow John Chrysostom's homily, especially the arguments directly related to submitting to authorities and paying taxes. He omits several of Chrysostom's themes, including illustrations. The Damascene is most likely to preserve an argument's positive support and remove the negative warnings. Chrysostom's section on punishment and fear disappears almost entirely from the excerpts. The Damascene also fails to reproduce any reference to any other biblical text. Also, Chrysostom's encouragement to love, approximately one-third of his homily, has almost disappeared. Several omissions can be explained by reference to the authorities to which John of Damascus found it necessary to submit.

Chapter 5 summarizes my findings and suggests several avenues for future exploration, and proposes an investigation into seldom discussed factors which may inform our judgments in possible cases of false attribution.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Bible;
Religious history;
Theology
Classification
0321: Bible
0320: Religious history
0469: Theology
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology, Antiquity, John Chrysostom, Saint, John of Damascus, Saint, Paul, Saint, Saint John Chrysostom, Saint John of Damascus, Saint Paul, Subject to the governing authorities
Title
Subject to the governing authorities: A tradition of Pauline interpretation in Late Antiquity
Author
Blankenship, James Robert
Number of pages
191
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 65/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Kraft, Robert A.
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3125786
ProQuest document ID
305144871
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305144871
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