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n HTS : Theological Studies - Die huwelik in die eerste-eeuse Mediterreense wÃªreld (I) : vroue in 'n man se wÃªreld
Marriage in the first-century Mediterranean world (1) : females in a male world
This article is the first of a three-part series that aims to stimulate the hermeneutical debate in the church about marriage. Attention is given to four aspects of the cultural world of the Bible that are relevant for an understanding of the institution of marriage as presented in Biblical texts: marriage as embedded in the social institution of the family (kinship), the role of honor and shame, dyadic personality and the different marriage strategies that can be discerned throughout Biblical times. The article concludes with a few remarks on the effects the above "cultural scripts" had on the understanding of marriage as an institution and the position of women in marriage.
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