BODILY PARTS VYING FOR POWER: HIERARCHIES AND BODIES IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY

Fika Vorster

Abstract


In this essay I argue that a rhetoric of the body exposes the all-pervasiveness of the
hierarchical principle as it manifested itself in the Graeco-Roman world. The parts of
the ancient body were constructed with the fabrics of the social body. Implications for
an engendered interpretation of Biblical writings are indicated and demonstrated via
an analysis of selected passages from the Pauline letters.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/80-0-762

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