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Accompanied by a Believing Wife: Ministry and Celibacy in the Earliest Christian Communities
Collins, Raymond F.

Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013 pp. xx + 273. $29.95



Description: What light does the New Testament shed on the practice of celibacy for the sake of the kingdom? In his newest work, renowned Scripture scholar Raymond F. Collins turns his attention to the question, which, of course, has important implications for the church in our own day. Though the answer is not a simple one, and it does not necessarily translate automatically into clear contemporary ecclesial policy, it still serves as an important foundation for discussion. Collins gives careful consideration of the methodology to be used in approaching the question and to important aspects of the sociocultural context of first-century Palestine, within which the New Testament took form. He then explores what Jesus said to the disciples, several disciples' own statuses as married men, and Paul's teaching and personal example on marriage.

Subjects: Bible, Septuagint, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Greco-Roman Literature, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by William R. G. Loader
Published 4/16/2015
Citation: William R. G. Loader, review of Raymond F. Collins, Accompanied by a Believing Wife: Ministry and Celibacy in the Earliest Christian Communities, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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