A socio-rhetorical interpretation of the letter to Philemon in light of the new institutional economics: an exhortation to transform a master-slave economic relationship into a brotherly loving relationship

Cover -- Preface -- Table of Contents -- List of Abbreviations -- Chapter 1: Setting the Stage for Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation -- 1.1 Introduction -- 1.2 Thesis Statement -- 1.3 The Value of this Research -- 1.4 Interpretation History of the Letter to Philemon -- 1.4.1 Development and Insufficie...

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Main Author: Ip, Alex Hon Ho 1973-
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Tübingen, [Germany] Mohr Siebeck 2017
In:Year: 2017
Edition:1st ed
Series/Journal:Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe v.444
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Philemon / Christian social ethics / Socio-historical exegesis
B Philemon / Rhetoric / Socio-historical exegesis
B Philemon / Relationship to God / Interpersonal relationship / Christian social ethics
IxTheo Classification:FA Theology
Further subjects:B Economics Religious aspects
B Electronic books
B Thesis
B Economics--Religious aspects
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Print version: Ip, Alex Hon Ho: A Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation of the Letter to Philemon in Light of the New Institutional Economics : An Exhortation to Transform a Master-Slave Economic Relationship into a Brotherly Loving Relationship. - Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck,c2017. - 9783161547287
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Summary:Cover -- Preface -- Table of Contents -- List of Abbreviations -- Chapter 1: Setting the Stage for Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation -- 1.1 Introduction -- 1.2 Thesis Statement -- 1.3 The Value of this Research -- 1.4 Interpretation History of the Letter to Philemon -- 1.4.1 Development and Insufficiencies of the "Runaway Hypothesis" -- 1.4.2 New Trend in Research -- 1.4.3 Short Conclusion: Contribution and Insufficiency of Previous Research -- 1.5 Methodology: The Application of Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation to the Letter to Philemon -- 1.5.1 Framework of Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation -- 1.5.2 Application of Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation in Interpreting the Letter to Philemon -- 1.5.3 Limitation and Corresponding Response of the Socio-rhetorical Model -- Definition -- The Problem of Genre -- Missing Theology -- Justification of New Texture -- Integral or Segregated? -- Risk of Running into Indeterminate Ways of Interpretation -- 1.6 Basics of the Letter to Philemon -- 1.6.1 The Story behind the Letter -- 1.6.2 Relationship with Other Letters of Paul -- 1.6.3 Concerning the Period and Context of this Study -- 1.6.4 Attitude toward Slavery: Metaphorical Use or Reality Addressed -- 1.7 Conclusion -- Chapter 2: Inner Texture: Relationship Transformation as the Main Focus of the Letter to Philemon -- 2.1 Introduction -- 2.2 Materialistic Layer: Word Analysis -- 2.2.1 Main Focus: Relational Words -- 2.2.2 Main Argument: Love-Related Words -- 2.2.3 Theological Ground: Words with Theological Connotations -- κοινωνία and κοινωνόν -- Faith -- God-Related Words -- 2.2.4 Commerce-Related Words -- 2.3 Fabric Layer: Epistolary Analysis -- 2.3.1 The Structure of the Letter -- 2.3.2 Opening of the Letter to Philemon -- 2.3.3 Recipient Formula -- 2.3.4 Thanksgivings -- 2.3.5 Short Conclusion -- 2.4 Stylistic Layer: Rhetorical Analysis.
2.4.1 Formal Rhetorical Analysis: F. F. Church and M. M. Mitchell -- Exordium (Verses 4-7) -- Proof (Verses 8-16) -- New Direction Suggested by Formal Rhetorical Analysis -- Conformance to the Deliberative Argumentation Identified by Margaret M. Mitchell -- Beyond the Formal Rhetoric -- 2.5 Dialogue -- Chapter 3: Intertexture: Theological and Ethical Thoughts of Paul -- 3.1 Introduction -- 3.2 Intertexture in the Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation of the Letter to Philemon: Theological and Ethical Thoughts of Paul -- 3.3 The Structure of Pauline Ethical Thought (1): Integral View of Indicative and Imperative -- 3.4 The Structure of Pauline Ethical Thought (2): The Three Motifs behind the Theology and Ethics of Paul -- 3.4.1 Eschatological Motif -- 3.4.2 Theological Motif -- 3.4.3 Christological Motif -- 3.5 The Content of Paul's Ethical Thought: Love as a Guiding Principle for the Believing Community -- 3.5.1 Paul's Use of ἀγάπη -- 3.6 The Structure of Love in Paul's Thought -- 3.6.1 New Relationship with God: New Life in Love -- 3.6.2 New Relationship with the World: New Creation with Freedom to Love -- 3.6.3 New Relationship with New Community: New Bonding by Love -- Romans 12-13: Eschatological Nature of Love for the Solidarity of a Congregation -- 1 Corinthians 8-11:1: Love as Self-Control for Others: Foundation of Exercising One's Freedom -- Galatians 5-6: Freedom with Working in Love -- Short Summary -- 3.7 Intertextual Reading: Reading the Letter to Philemon in Paul's Structure of Love -- 3.7.1 Model of Intertextual Reading of the Letter to Philemon -- 3.7.2 Basic Theological Thought: Reading the Letter to Philemon with Reference to the Integral View of Indicative and Imperative -- 3.7.3 Reading the Letter to Philemon with the Three Motifs as Reference -- Eschatological Motif -- Theological Motif -- Christological Motif
3.7.4 Reading the Letter to Philemon in Paul's Ethical Structure of Love -- New Relationship with God: New Life in Love in the Letter to Philemon -- New Relationship with the World: New Creation with Freedom to Love in the Letter to Philemon -- New Relationship with the New Community: New Bonding by Love in the Letter to Philemon -- 3.8 Dialogue -- Chapter 4: Economic Texture: Reading the Letter to Philemon in Light of the Economic Relationship Generated from the New Institutional Economics -- 4.1 Introduction -- 4.2 Methodology -- 4.2.1 Economic Texture -- 4.2.2 The Use of NIE as an Analysis Framework -- 4.2.3 The Significance of Institutions in Understanding Economic Relationships -- 4.2.4 Douglass North's Model -- 4.3 Informal Institution: Exploitative in Nature -- 4.3.1 Economic Interest as the Dominant Consideration in the Roman Economy -- The Development of Economic Interest as the Dominant Value -- Result of Wars on Attitude toward Economic Benefit -- 4.3.2 Macroeconomic Environment: Growing Demand for Slaves -- Magnitude of Development: Scale of the Roman Economy -- Quality of Development: Growth in Trade -- Income Inequality and the Nature of Exploitation -- 4.3.3 Ideological Justification: Philosophy and Social Values -- Philosophical Justification of Roman Slavery -- Social Value: Nature of Consumer City -- 4.3.4 Political System: How Rules Were Determined -- Political Structure in the Late Roman Republic -- Legal System -- 4.3.5 Implications for the Economic Relationship: Exploitative in Nature -- 4.4 Formal Institution: Objectifying Attitude toward Slaves -- 4.4.1 Definition of Slaves: Objectifying Slaves -- 4.4.2 Economic Motives for Objectifying Slaves -- 4.4.3 Owning Slaves: Classified as Res Mancipi -- 4.4.4 Acquisition and Transference of Slaves -- 4.4.5 The Exclusive Right to Use Slaves
4.4.6 Implication for Economic Relationship: Objectifying Slaves as Instruments -- 4.5 Managing Slaves as Labor: Manipulating Slaves in Practice -- 4.5.1 Economic Problems of Managing Slaves -- General Situation -- Specific Economic Reasons for Management Problems -- 4.5.2 NIE Basic Concepts Underlying the Management Problem of Slaves -- Bounded Rationality -- Opportunism -- Asset Specificity -- 4.5.3 Diversity and the Mixed Nature of Slave Jobs -- Farm Slaves: Extensiveness -- Household Slaves: Penetrating Different Levels of Household Work -- Slaves in Trade and Commerce: High Trust Required -- Short Summary -- 4.5.4 Contractual Arrangements: Manipulating Slaves in Light of the Management Problems -- Basics Facts about Manumission -- Modes of Manumission -- Economic Analysis of Manumission in Light of the NIE Theory -- Basics of peculium -- Incompleteness of peculium -- Artificial Asset Specificity -- NIE Interpretation of Slave-Managing Problems -- 4.6 Dialogue -- 4.7 Conclusion -- Chapter 5: Synthesis: Reading the Body of the Letter to Philemon with the Three Textures in Mind -- 5.1 Introduction -- 5.2 Redefining the Problem Addressed by Paul in the Letter to Philemon -- 5.2.1 Redefining the Problem in Light of Paul's Eschatological Motif: To Choose the New Value to Practice in this World -- Choosing New Value in Light of Existing Institution: 1 Cor 7:19-24 -- Short Conclusion -- 5.2.2 Redefining the Problem in Light of Paul's Theology: To Recognize and Accept the New Relationship -- Conflict between the Economic Relationship and Loving Brotherhood Relationship -- Exploitative Nature vs. Love as the Basis of a Relationship -- View of Slaves as Objectified Instrument vs. Brotherhood as an Attitude in a Relationship -- Manipulating vs. Freedom in Practice
5.2.3 Redefining the Problem in Light of Paul's Christology: To Choose to Follow the Model of Paul and Christ in Practice -- Imitation of Paul and Christ in the Letter to Philemon -- Short Summary -- 5.3 Reading the Body of the Letter in Light of Different Textures -- 5.3.1 Analysis of the Body of the Letter to Philemon: Paul's Rhetorical Argument Calls for a New Relationship -- 5.3.2 Verses 8-9: New Value of Love: To Challenge the Power of the Master -- 5.3.3 Verse 10: New Life in Christ: To Challenge the Legal Justification of Slavery -- 5.3.4 Verse 11: A Transformation of the Worldly Relationship: From Objectified Status to Personhood -- 5.3.5 Verses 12-14: Respecting One's Freedom: Demonstrating Love in Action -- 5.3.6 Verses 15-16: Ultimate Request: Loving Brotherhood Relationship -- The Use of "Beloved Brother" in Verse 16 -- 5.3.7 Verse 17: New Form of Working Relationship: κοινωνός - Partnership in Christ -- 5.3.8 Verses 18-19: Clearing the Final Barrier: Forgo the Economic Benefit or Loss -- 5.3.9 Verses 20-21: Concluding Remarks: New Relationships in the Lord and in Christ -- 5.4 Conclusion -- Chapter 6: Conclusion -- 6.1 Introduction -- 6.2 Summary of Arguments in Previous Chapters -- 6.3 Contributions and Future Directions Inspired by this Thesis -- 6.3.1 Methodological Breakthrough -- 6.3.2 Further Ways to Incorporate Economic Analysis in Biblical Studies -- 6.3.3 Reflection on Contemporary Capitalist Society -- Working Relationship: Objectification -- Incentive System: Another Form of Economic Compulsion -- 6.4 Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Ancient Sources -- Secondary Literature -- Index of Ancient Sources -- 1. Old Testament -- 2. New Testament -- 3. Greek and Roman Authors -- Index of Modern Authors -- Index of Names and Subjects
ISBN:316155583X