Saturday, June 6, 2009

Roman Wives, Roman Widows

I'd like to do two things with this post. First, you can access the full text of over 7 million books at Google books--free. If you've never visited, on your Google search widow, click on the option "More." Then choose "Books" from the drop down menu. Type in your book or author and see what comes up.

Now for the second "to do." Tomorrow our adult education class will tackle 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, a notoriously difficult section on men, women, authority, veiling, unveiling, etc. An important book by Bruce Winter, Roman Wives, Roman Widows: The Appearance of New Women and the Pauline Communities, looks at Roman culture and the rise of the "new woman" and offers up numerous insights into what may have been transpiring at Corinth when Paul wrote his letter.

Check it out out. Go to Google Books, search for Roman Wives, Roman Widows, and read Winter's chapter on 1 Corinthians 11. As he says, "you were what you wore in Roman law." Let me know what you discover.

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