Biblical Social Values and Their Meaning: A Handbook by John J. Pilch

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Scripture says ... , Rom 1:17; 2:24; 3:4, 10; 4:3, 17, 23; 8:36; 9:13, 17, 33; 10:5, 11, 15; 11:2, 8, 26; 12:19; 14:11; 15:3, 9, 21; 16:26). There is constant concern about what outsiders might think and do. Jesus' concern with "who do people say that I am" (Mark 8:27; Matt 16:13; Luke 9:18) is echoed in early Christian writings. Even though God is to judge outsiders (1 Cor 5:12-13), Paul tells Christians to behave properly "so that you are seen to be respectable by those outside the church" (1 Thess 4:12).

Religion, embedded in kinship and/or politics, is concerned with the moral order; domestic and/ or political religion is a public concern, controlled by elites and operating to maintain the public order. Attitudes and behaviors Emphasis is on self-control. self-respect, and ethical commitments in a competitive world. Emphasis is on deference and obedience to public authorities, on submission toward xxxviii BmLICAL SOCIAL VALUES AND THEm MEANING serving the stable harmony of an organic community.

Similarly, in Luke, Samaritans are included (Luke 10:33), while in Acts God brings in Gentiles as well (Acts 10:34-35). , especially Matt 18:15, 21, 35; and frequently in early Christian letters; the title indicates that they considered themselves a fictive kinship group over against other such groups). The preference for thinking in terms of either I or is clear in the common proverb found throughout the gospel narrative in various forms: "For he that is not against us is for us" (Mark 9:40); "For he that is not against you is for you" (Luke 9:50); "He who is not with me is against me and he who does not gather with me scatters" (Matt 12:30; Luke 11:23).

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