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Author: Kyle Harper

Title: Porneia

Subtitle: The Making of a Christian Sexual Norm

Journal: Journal of Biblical Literature

Volume: 131

Issue: 2

Year: Summer 2012

Pages: 363-383

ISSN: 0021-9231 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1934-3876 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Ancient History | Representations: Bible


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Author: Kyle Harper, Department of Classics and Letters, University of

Abstract: »The late fourth century was, not coincidentally, both the age of mass conversion and the period during which the penitential discipline of the Christian church was standardized: the mainstreaming of the religion generated a need to manage sinners on an unprecedented scale. So an éminence like Gregory of Nyssa found himself instructing a junior bishop on the church's taxonomy of sin.« (Source: EBSCOhost)


  I. Defining a Biblical Keyword (p. 363)
  II. Μοιχεία and Πορνεία in Classical Greece (p. 366)
  From Hebrew to Greek in Second Temple Judaism (p. 369)
  IV. Πορνεία in the New Testament (p. 375)
  V. Πορνεία after Paul: Fornication as a Christian Leitmotiv (p. 379)
  VI. Conclusions: The Significance of Πορνεία (p. 383)

Note: Glancy, Jennifer A. »The Sexual Use of Slaves: A Response to Kyle Harper on Jewish and Christian PorneiaJournal of Biblical Literature 134 (2015): 215-229.

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